I have owned over four pairs of engineer boots and I would have to say that these boots and the Frye brand fit the best. The other brands felt big and needed either a shoe insert or a heavy sock to get a more comfortable fit. And even then they didn't provide the snug fit I was looking for. These boots fit true to size. If you order a pair, order your normal size. The construction on these boots is well done. I could not find any blemishes with either boot. The leather is top grade and soft, not hard leaving little break in time. The buckles appear to be stronger than the buckles on my Frye boots, where I had one of the lower buckles break in half on me. Although I will say that Frye did send me replacement buckles quickly. You come to expect it though when you pay $200.00 for a pair of boots like the Frye brand. The heel on these boots is layered leather and "not" plastic. I guess Chippewa listened to it's customers when they complained about the heel being made of plastic. Overall I have to say these boots look and feel great. They have a nice comfortable feel. I woulod have to say that the price is a little steep compared to some other brands of engineer boots, but you get what you paid for.