I fell in love with the red color of these boots several years ago. I finally caught them on a really good sale, and I was a little heartbroken when I received them. They are not like the picture shown, and are a much darker shade of red - more of a burgundy color with lighter patches of dark red. Over the years, I have drooled over these boots on several computers/devices, and the red color I saw was always the same. As for the fit, I have almost 16” calves, and still had a little room. The instep was very tight and I struggled to get them on. I’ve bought 2 other pairs of OG in different styles in the last few months, and the 9 1/2 I usually wear was fine. So maybe it’s this particular style or could even be the particular pair I received. But because of the sale I shopped on, they are not exchangeable. They are a beautiful pair of boots with that amazing OG quality, just not the color I was expecting.