A history of buying shoes and boots that ultimately need to be given away always introduces tension into the buying process. But I really like these boots, they are light, offer very good support, are waterproof, and have a removable inner sole so one can insert one's own. I have bought a size bigger than I normally buy, they may be sized quite small. I have replaced the laces with elastic ones, just my choice, nothing wrong with their laces. I would buy again.