Everything from looks to comfort was great with these boots. The first pair I ordered was too small and cut off most of my circulation - I switched to thinner socks and it was much better. After I got back I exchanged them for a half size bigger and they fit perfectly. The BOA lacing system was a true pleasure to use - no more yanking the crap out of laces to tighten and trying to hold them in place while tying up. The boots were very comfortable with this furry material inside (according to the label it has anti-bacterial treatment). They are on the stiff side, but they worked out fine for me (I am in between beginner and intermediate).