"I bought another pair of Coconuts/Matisse boots that I adore. I had to size up a full size in those, so I ordered a full size up in these. I'm glad I did. I did have to break in this pair unlike the other pair. They were fairly tight and stiff right through the wrinkles near the ball of my foot. Since the shoe is real leather, it stretched quickly enough that I didn't give up on breaking them in. It took about 2-3 wears to not notice too much tightness. I love the clicking noise the heel makes, which is part of why I love my other Coconuts/Matisse boots too."