These boots feel great- support, control and style! This boot is by far my favorite of all that I have tried on this year. I took the size 9, my normal shoe size, for some runs down the hill. Unfortunately, it was way to small and the circulation in my feet was cut off. I am returning them, but only for a 9.5. The ankle support is fantastic, without making the boot bulky. Plus they are very cute. I was bummed that my favorite boot didn't have boa, but the laces are actually not that bad. They stay tight, and although there is a learning curve for tightening them, I'd say they work quite well. I would highly recommend this boot!