I love these because I can wear them with snowpants when I'm tromping around in the snow up at the park with my dog and with leggings and a short winter skirt when I'm going out for dinner. I absolutely love the look of them, and I love how they keep my feet and toes warm for two-plus hours while my dog happily hunts. I can't believe I've spent so many winter without these (and with cold feet). They were an investment, but worth it for sure. I've worn them a ton already this winter - haven't put them through the wringer yet, but I have worn them many more than several times. So far, so good. Oh - sizing. I wear a 7.5 in most shoes and have a narrow foot. The 38 almost worked - fit well width-wise but really felt a bit too small for me length-wise, so I settled on a 39. They're tad bit wide for me, but they work just fine and I'd rather have that than a squashed toe (my left foot is slightly longer than my right, so that's fun). Anyway, these are my favorite boots by far.