Well, thats what i get for buying boots online. Initially they felt great and there wasn't any break in period. Now when I hike I experience a pinching sensation on the soles occasionally, as if the sole weren't rugged enough. The fit is excellent, like a glove (or boot...) but when I step on a sharp rock just the right way I feel it through the boot. The soles and leather are beginning to wear alot even though I treat the leather after every use with a bees wax/lanolin paste. I've done about 60 miles of hiking in them and I just don't think they are rugged enough. At this rate I will be lucky to get 200 miles of hiking out of them before they disintegrate... I got a 45.5 my left big toe initially rubbed but i just smushed the toe area from the top to widen it and that took care of the problem, I wear a size 11.5D new balance, 12 nike, 11D red wing. 2 stars because of the fit and looks, would have been 1 stars if they were ugly. Definitely a throw away boot (can I return them?), which sucks because I really liked them at first. Americans probably shouldn't buy dainty Italian hiking boots.