One thing I really like about these boots is the combination of zipper and laces. I generally hate boot shopping because I have small calves. Most winter boots that are meant to be tight around your calves leave such a gap at the top that they look ridiculous on me. With these boots, I can tighten the laces and tie them, and then when I zip them up with the zipper they are nice and snug around my legs which make them warmer and they look great. Another nice feature is the waterproof nylon bottom. I've had so many leather boots that get soaked through with slush and snow, and then get salt stains and end up being cold and ugly. These boots are both stylish and sensible! I should mention I'm usually a 9 but am happy with a 10 in these because you need room for socks.