I just took delivery of these (3 days earlier than predicted...), and they are fab. Strong, sturdy, comfortable - and they look great with thick tights or leggings. They are beautiful leather, and the heel gives a little bit of height without compromising balance. I am going to Sweden in February (probably VERY cold at that time) and I will be wearing these. Sizing: I have slightly broad feet, so the ability to loosen the laces at the front helped a great deal in 'personalising' the fit. Also, I usually swither between a 4 and a 4.5 0 but the size 4 in these were perfect for me - well fitting, but room for thick socks. The 5 would have been too big.