I was looking for something in an off the shelf dressage boot that would be slim enough for my calves but forgiving to my wider feet. Usually that's mountain horse but they're between styles so I thought I'd give this tread stone brand a shot especially since it was on sale. As soon as I opened the box I was enamored by the quality. The leather is very thick and very nice. The uppers have a bit of a stovepipe feel to them and the ankles aren't too small where my old Victorias were extremely snug much more like a hunt boot. The real tell was when I put my foot in, the foot box molded to my foot much like the mountain horse does, instead of shoving my toes into each other as I experience with ariats usually. I was instantly able to zip then up and walk around in them. I rode in them and they're still breaking in at the ankle which is always tough but this isn't mortal pain like they can be sometimes when leather cuts in at the ankle or knee. There's some friction but it seems to be softening up in the appropriate areas quickly after just one ride. The zipper was smooth, the foot bed seems flat but I think there maybe room to add an insert if I feel the need and I think I could also wrap my bad ankle inside these if I need as well. Riding in them dressage practice was a great experience. The upper is sufficiently stiff and the boot supports the leg nicely so it's a lot like the higher end stovepipe boots. Overall I'm very impressed by these and may have just decided to prefer them to my usual brand especially since the price is right. Definitely worth buying and I will probably use them for heavy riding and showing and relegate the old mh's to the repair shop and schooling.