Due to bad genes and bunions, I have one foot 1/2 inch wider just below the toes, so fitting into a backpacking boot with comfort has been extremely difficult. I started with a size 6.5 Kayland Convert in grey, loved the color but no way on the fit. Then I tried 6 other boots (Vasque, Keen, Asolo, etc.) but something brought me back to Kayland. So I tried a size 7 and voila! Instant toe happiness. Due to the unusual lacing structure, I can make the right boot loose across the toes, snug over the arches straight up to the top while the left boot is tied tighter at the toe. Great ankle support without chafing. Being short and only 103#, I needed a boot sturdy enough to carry 45 pounds for a 13 day trek, but not so heavy that the boots fatigued me. The Kayland Convert is perfect. I am up to carrying 35 pounds on soft snow, marshy tundra and slick ice, and I'm confident on my feet even without a trekking pole. Love the rocker action which propels me forward and gives that extra oomph for the arch. I am a believer, but what's even better, I'll be able to do my trek without aching bunions, toes and feet - 10 toes up on the Kayland Convert!