I have bought 5 pairs of the New Balance 847 series because they fit me so well, and have always been comfortable. I did try a couple of other New Balance shoes, but until I bought these light boots, none fit right. These shoes were comfortable out of the box. Their design provides a large range of width adjustment (except for the toe box) which is just a little wide. I have not worn them in the wet, so cannot comment on the waterproofing. I like them well so far. If they wear well, and are waterproof, change my rating to 5 stars.