I almost didn't buy these...
based on the reviews! (And BTW, I never write reviews.) I purchased two pairs of these shoes, one for myself and one for my daughter. (One of each color in sizes 9.5 and 11. The brown ones are nicer looking.)
First of all, I was told they were true size, which indeed is correct. (I only needed to wear one pair of smart wool socks.)
Secondly, they are very nice looking.
Okay, on to the things that really matter.
We just returned from Quebec City, Canada where they had a record low of -38C = -36F! It as COLD. It was in the negative numbers our entire trip. We were out and about starting first thing in the morning and returning to our hotel late at night. Most of this time was spent outdoors. We went to the winter park, the Carnival, dog sledding, the Hotel de Glace (ice hotel), snow shoe hiking, walked up and down lower and upper town Quebec City, and so MUCH more!!!
Finally, the most important part...our feet NEVER got cold. (I purchased feet warmers, but never used them.) We were told if you gear up right, you will be fine. We did just that: thermal base layer, no cotton, multiple layers, good jacket (Marmot and North Face 3-in-1, which we purchased from Backcountry as well.), gloves (a good pair is a must), scarves, and hats.
I really appreciate the time Backcountry spent online chatting with me about how to prepare for our trip. I wish people would give all the facts when writing reviews to help the next consumer. So the bottom line, the boots did the trick, I didn't have to wear multiple socks because I had on the right kind, and I geared up correctly.