I got my normal 8.5M, which fit me well in the toes and heel, but they are very wide from the instep up to the ankle. They don't taper in starting at the mid foot, like most shoes/boots do. I have to tie the sides completely together at the top, and even leaving the lowest lace looser than I would like, the leather buckles up in the mid foot. They otherwise are very comfortable with beautiful soft leather. They would be better on someone with a wide mid foot or very high arch (my arch is normal) to take up the extra space. I have 2 other Ara ankle boots (same size) that do taper in and fit fine, so the fit on this was unexpected.