You get what you pay for! I ordered these because they were in expensive, but the fit was awful. First of all, because they come in S, M, and L, each of those categories encompasses a range of actual shoe sizes. S, for example, includes both 8 and 9. If you're a 9, you're probably fine. If you're an 8 (like me), you have to wear 2 or 3 pairs of socks to make them fit. If that was the only problem, I would be fine, but there was more....they bent "funny" at the ankles, which was annoying and slightly uncomfortable, and they were so tight in the calf that I had trouble tucking my pants into them and still getting them zipped up--and I'm not a large person. I thought having the zipper in the rear was extremely unhandy; most zip boots have it on the inside side, which is much easier to deal with. The icing on the cake was when I stepped into my kitchen and almost took a header when those slick soles met the linoleum. Also, they just felt cheap. For half the money I spent on these, I could have gone to Target and bought something that fits better, and then hit the craft store for some sticky-back velcro and $3 worth of pleather to make the fold-over top.
Along with these boots, I also purchased the Dragoon boots, which were $30 more expensive...but also $30 more comfortable. They have all the same problems, but to a significantly lesser degree. I'll keep the dragoons, but I'm sending the captain's boots back.
Grain of salt: I lead a very active, outdoorsy lifestyle as a fire-fighter and a ski bum, so I am used to my footwear being durable and having that "performance fit." I don't think being female was part of the problem, since I wear men's fire-fighting boots and they're as comfortable as bed-room slippers to me. I rarely wear anything that isn't a hiking boot or a tennis shoe, so maybe I'm just extra picky about "dress-up" type shoes. Other people obviously had no problem with these boots.