Usually a size 8, ordered a size 8, boot seems to fit half size bigger. Securing the laces through the last two loops at the top, really hurts your ankles. Something with the right side of the boot doesn't feel right.. It affects both my left and right ankles, but on the right side of each ankle. I find that I would have to fold my socks down to give it extra layers to pad my ankles from the pounding, or not tie the laces too tight. Will try low cut boots next time around.