I have worn a pair of boots that I adore for 25 years, but they were finally getting to the point where they needed to be replaced. It was hard to find something with a similar heel height and heavy-duty construction, but the Miss Rene is all that and more. Stylish and comfortable right out of the box, with absolutely no break-in period needed. I worried about the side-zipper, but it is extraordinarily well-constructed and sturdy. I'm the type of person who kicks off her shoes as soon as I get home, but that is not the case with any of my Angela Scotts, including these boots. I emailed to confirm that I was ordering the right size, and the assistance was - as usual - spot on. I ADORE my Miss Rene Boots!