"Stiff - not hiking or walking friendly."
The fit within the foot area was great, not too tight, not loose, appropriate for size guidelines. Moving up the leg, the ankle area design did not work for my needs and expectations. I was hoping to use these boots to be active, hike and walk through the snow. No way is that happening. The double layer of leather on the back of the ankle restricts movement. The boots were very stiff and uncomfortable. The fit on the calf was just right, I have larger calves (17 inches in width). They were very warm, I would not have concern of cold feet in weather below zero degrees.
I hope I will not use them much in Denver. Boots are not pretty and fits snug, so I will get 1 size bigger for a medium thick sock, but for thick 1 1/2 bigger. I will not wear skirt with this boots, only pants over boots. I wear business attire so hopefully winter will be nice. Wish all nice winter, no cancelled flights :))