Listen, I want these boots badly, and I have tried and tried! I wear European size 39 without fail - that's usually an 8. I have never bought a shoe marked larger than 8. Well the "8"s were quite snug, but I liked the boot, so I ordered 8 1/2 thinking that would be fine. Excited today that they came ... and lo and behold, they feel as tight and short as the last pair marked 8! Or maybe even tighter. I am so disappointed, and now find I cannot even try a "9" in this maker because they are out. The company needs to investigate their maker's lasts!