Buyer beware! These boots are not stiff. The gel piece at the ankle provides way too much flex for my liking. These boots are incredibly comfortable, but I think it is a stretch to call them stiff or a 7 out of 10. I'm sure they are great for the rider looking for the mid-flex boot, but I lean towards stiff boots and these did not meet my expectations. I will be returning them for Ion's or DriverX. They fit true to size and are super comfortable just not for me.