I wear a 6 in hiking boots but have a hard time fitting in Solomans because they're always too big. Nevertheless, I bought a 6 hoping they'd be ok, but ended up having to find a 5 1/2 online (backcountry doesn't carry smaller sizes). Although still a little large, the 5 1/2 is good with thicker socks. It's been a long haul to find a warm boot, my feet get very cold very quickly and these fit so well, even in the too large size and were comfortable out of the box. No issues with being stiff they're easy to lace with gloves. I'm happy that I finally have a decent boot to winter camp and snowshoe in. Backcountry rocks, even if I couldn't get it here.