I love, love these boots! I've been looking for 3 months and none fit as well, were as flexible, and contact the ground as well. Very comfortable all through the boot--supports ankle with absolutely no rubbing. The leather is water resistant not water proof, but water does not go through to my feet when boot becomes wet.. Wore the boots right out of the box with no break-in. They are expensive but worth it because they fit so comfortably, are made so well and offer much support to my whole foot. I have worn Finn Comfort Shoes for a few years and am a big fan, esp. now these boots. I wear them every day for several hours and don't want to take them off. Because I have a neurological problem with one leg, I need not just the support this boot offers but also the increased stability to prevent falling.They also help direct my body into upright posture and therefor improved confidence and balance. I am looking forward to wearing them for a long time.