I had been coveting these boots for a while and finally decided to purchase them. Now that I have them, they're great. I was looking for a boot that could hold up to New England winters while still looking good in the office. This is it. It looks just as good with jeans as it does with business casual wear. The fit is true to size, if not slightly large to accommodate thicker socks. The upper is sturdy leather. The sole is springy, though a bit rigid at first. There isn't much arch support if that's something you need. That said, this shoe feels great all day long.