When I first tried them I was afraid I'd gotten a size too small. Once I got my feet in them I was pleasantly surprised that I had wiggle room for my toes. The deal is that the elastic on the top of the shoe is quite strong, so to get your foot in easily one must open the she straps completely, grasp the elastic with one hand while pulling the shoe on with the provided loop on the back, maybe even pushing down some, and your foot will slide right in.
The reason I bought these was the recommendation of my local bike store friend. I have been going through pull-on shoe covers which work on the top, but woe to you if you step in a puddle, plus they wear out with a little walking which I must do to get over some steep places - only good for a year or less. These shoes are swell as I can walk through puddles as stay dry. They are of excellent construction and I expect to be wearing them for years to come. I'll let you know how that goes.
We've had a frozen week and I stayed warm as toast over a couple of hours of 27f. Today it rained, and I simply tucked in my stretch pants into the top of the boot and clamped them in with the strong elastic ankle strap. By overlapping my rain pants over the top of the boots I stayed completely dry. Since I hose off the bottom and sides of my shoes after a muddy ride I have been used to having water leak in during that process. Not even that caused even a drop to get inside. I sort of wish the boot came up a little higher so I could feel more secure with the overlap, but I gotta say that these boots are all I could wish for. I'm one happy winter trail rider.
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