The side zipper proved useful
Verified Buyer Reviewed by dos50 from Colorado on Monday, December 12, 2016
The fit was good (as expected for size 9). I did replace the insoles with better insulating ones. They are very comfortable while wearing winter wool socks - not too tight. What sold me on these boots was the side zipper. I wear custom arch supports. The side zipper allows my foot to easily enter the boot even with the relatively thick arch supports inside and while wearing heavy winter wool socks. The gusseted tongue on many hiking/outdoor boots does not allow me to do this. I'm happy with my purchase.