These boots are awesome. They do have a weird rubber smell, but it easily goes away if you leave them in the garage or something. One con I noticed is the lack of traction on the bottom; they are completely smooth. I live in Wisconsin and just have to be very careful walking on icy sidewalks. I am 5'6" 130 lbs and wear a size 8.5 normally and the brown boots were only available in size 8 at the time but they fit comfortably and I even have room to wear thick wool socks easily, so perhaps don't be afraid to go a size smaller? I like that they are more snug on your calves and don't flop around, but they definitely aren't too tight. I recommend them!