The upside is that the pair is all I imagined. I would definitely win the short-shorts and stilettos competition in these. The downside is that their not true to size. I wear an 8.5, but tend to increase my fall/winter footwear by half size. No such luck with a size 9, I'm unable to even zip them and can omit the option of a thick sock for comfort. I'm forced to return for a a 9.5. Don't be discouraged though, you'll love'em.