Love these! Walked around New York in these for two days in a row after just receiving them. My feet only started hurting after the second day. But I wasn't sure if it was the amount of walking we did or the boots. Wear socks so the belts don't rub against your ankle. I could have gotten away with wearing an 8.5 but, when you walk a lot, your feet swell in the heat. So this extra space helped.