Just received the boots and wanted to add/update a few details. They are made of Calico Peanut Suede not CXL. The sole is Dainite. The color is much lighter than in the picture, but still very distinctive and attractive. They fit true to size. Behind the hook fastenings are eyelets that the laces can be thread through should you not wish to re-hook every time. They are very comfortable and the grip of the sole is good. They fit tight at the heel and looser at the toe-box. Thick socks aren't a necessity for a snug fit. The smooth side of the leather is on the inside and should breath and stretch out nicely. Waterproof them with a suede conditioner as the lightness of the suede is bound to attract stains. A shoe horn might also be a good investment.