I was looking for a pair of boots that worked with crampons as well as snowshoes. These do the trick and look pretty cute. I am a big fan of Salomon and these live up to the standard. I am normally a size 7.5-8, I ordered a pair in both 8 & 8.5 and kept the 8.5. I wear thick smartwool socks and need extra room in the toes to stay warm. This is why I kept the larger pair. I wore these snowshoeing on Lake Superior the first weekend I had them. I put on 14 miles snowshoeing. These boots did rub on the side of my claves in a weird place. I actually had two bruises on each leg from wearing them. I am hopeful to break them in before hiking Mt. Massive & Elbert this December.