I LOVE this boot. The buckle near the toe and the chunky heel give it an edge. The side zipper make them easier to put on. The most important thing is how comfortable they are. I worked w/Vanessa, who advised me to order my normal size (41 - aka US size 11). The boots fit like a glove out of the box. Bonus - they make my foot look small! I'll wear them w/flowing skirts, skinny jeans and a blazer, well, just about anything. This is my 6th pair of OAS shoes (my 2nd pair of OAS boots) and I can't rave enough about them. If you're thinking about purchasing these, don't hesitate! You'll love them just like I do!