I LOVE these boots. They are beautiful. The leather is gorgeous, the smell divine. When I first got them, the shaft was VERY tight. I really thought I needed to return them. I followed the advice given by River Mercantile and stuffed the boots with kitchen towels. The next morning I could get the boots on completely without breaking a sweat. I continued to leave the towels in for a few more days and now the future is perfect. I am so thrilled that this worked!