I have been in the hunt for a black boot that wouldn't break the bank and I finally found them! I am between and 8 and 8.5 but sized up to a 9, as I usually would with a heel. I assumed the toe would be a touch more narrow than they actually were, so ideally I would have gotten the 8.5, but they are perfect with a thicker sock, and that's fine by me because I live in the Midwest and it will keep my feet warmer this fall/winter when I rock these. I like them better than my timberlands and the zipper detail on the side makes it even better. Those who claim these boots are TTS including myself aren't playing girls, just a heads up!