I purchased this boot in a panic a few days prior to a busines trip to NYC, where sleet and snow were predicted in the weather forecast. the boots arrived just in time, were comfortable striaght out of the box and looked great. They got me thru freezing rain and light snow. I needed something that could stand up to the weather and still be business-appropriate with skirts and tights. Yay Rockport!! My only relatively small complaint is that the boots are a little wide in the heel for my foot and the ankle is looser than I'd like, but compared to all the many many other waterproof boots I looked at these hit a home run for style and function. if you plan to use them in ice, you will need to get a more rugged sole put on at your shoemaker, but since I live in the SF Bay area these will be fine for rainy days and the occasional winter trips to colder places. For reference, my calf circumference is 16 inches at its widest, so based on reviews I went for the wide calf version and it zipped up perfectly in size 6. I also ordered the W foot width, as I have found that is a better foot for my wide toes in Rockport, even though I have narrow heels.