These shoes do run a half size too small. Take your max size and go up a half. I wear either 7 or 8 so I chose 8 and they're still too small. I do smell the plastic from the shoes, but it doesn't bother me. I think it will go away naturally like a new car smell. They are very cute! Wish I had a bigger size.
I love the look of these booties and the fit as well as other similarly styled platform boots. However, they stink. Literally. These have some kind of bad smell, industrial - perhaps from the plastic heel, that will not go away. I have tried everything from Febreeze, airing them out, washing them with soap and water. Nothing works. It's a shame because they are so cute!