After reading the reviews I knew it would be a gamble buying these boots, but I'm pleased to say it paid off. Firstly (having a high instep and fairly wide feet), I was expecting a massive fight to get them on - but can I say the boots are really NOT that difficult to get on. Jam your foot right in, fearlessly hard, while you're standing down on them, and yank up the front and back alternatively, and your foot suddenly slips in. Tight yes, but definitely not that big a deal.
They did seem uncomfortably tight across the top of my feet initially, but after wearing them round the house for a few evenings the leather slackened out nicely. Now they just feel delicious on my feet and I can walk for miles in them.
I got these in my usual size 4 and I would say the sizing is spot on for wearing with normal socks or tights. They're great with jeans, great with skirts, love these boots!