I've had these for about 6 wks., I knew from previous boot purchases to get WIDE boots. These boots were just wide enough to be comfy. So far, their fit and finish are stellar. Of course, haven't had to wear in cold, wintry weather yet.One thing I miss on these boots is a 'pull tab' in back to help get the boots on. Not bad, though. We'll see how they hold up in the winter!Side zip is the best part; good call on the Velcro tabs @ top also. If they hold up, they'll get a 5 rating.