I just received my pair of boots in the mail. I chose the burgundy and a 1/2 size larger than I wear in Merrell shoes. The size was right and I love the color. They are definitely burgundy with more red tones than oxblood. I have a very high instep so they were at first hard to put on. I loosened the buckle and that helped. The shaft circumference was tight on me but I have fuller calves. I am thinking the boots may stretch a bit over time. The zippers are stiff but I think they may work easier after much use. All in all, I love my new boots.