It's not very often that a boot feels great out of the box, but these boots certainly did. They came snug through the ankle, which is exactly what I look for in a boot because I know it's going to break in wonderfully and still fit exactly how I want it to. I was incredibly pleasantly surprised to find a reainforced bit of leather leading into the boot to keep your heel from stretching/ deforming the leather from putting it on and taking it off. I've owned a lot of boots over the years, and I already know with some confidence I'll be wearing these for years and years and after a great many re-soles. Couldn't be happier with the look, fit, and functionality of the boot. I'll certainly be back to continue to bolster my always growing collection of hand made boots.