I got these boots just before a European vacation, and took a big risk to bring them with me. I'm now in Italy. I have worn them almost constantly! They were comfortable from the beginniing. They are not constricting in the toe box at all, which is a good sign -- all toes can move individually. They're stable on cobblestones, etc., and really quite attractive. I am completely satisfied, and I would recommend them without qualification. I wish the brown ones were not so two-toned, as I would immediately order them if they were a deep brown.