I bought these boots before a major trip and didn't have time to break them in. My feet run wide, so--although I usually wear and 8 or 8.5--I bought them in a nine. I walked at least five miles a day on pavement and the shoes were a dream. Amazing. And cool looking. But keep in mind, these are combat boots, not Victorians, not Grannies. They're cut for use and well-designed, but not necessarily flattering to the foot. Still, not a purchase I regret. Would consider buying in another color.