These are even prettier in person. The construction is well done and the materials used in the overall design are gorgeous. There is a break in period as expected both in the interior and sole. These are a true to Euro size 40 for me. I wear a US 10 in quality leather shoes and boots. I have a slightly high arch, average width, but hate shoes to crush my toes into a point. This rounded toe is comfortable and the heal does not slip. I initially ordered a 41, but literally walked out of them even with the laces tightened. I do have narrow ankles and tend to be annoyed by shoes rubbing up under my ankle bone. I took a damp cloth and rubbed the edge where the metallic material is attached to the leather lining to soften the edge and prevent ankle cutting/blistering. These are breaking in nicely and look cool with a lot of clothing combinations. Have used a slipper sock to prevent heal blisters. The foot bed does form to your foot as well and with a few wears even more comfortable.