Nice gloss finish right out of the box. They look very nice and stylish. I normally wear a 6 and1/2 but ordered a size 4 UK/6US based on multiple reviews. The 4UK/6US was a little roomy with regular socks and was perfect with thick socks. Even with the thick socks, they were comfortable and not too tight. I definitely recommend ordering a size down if you are a half size, other wise, just order your exact size. I'm 5 feet and the tall boots come right below my knee and when I sit down, I can feel them touch the back of my legs, but no problem walking. It doesn't bother me and they look great on me, but it's something to think about if you are short.