Don't know what all the fuss is about. Over all a great boot.
Never buy shoes or clothing online. We went to the local authorized dealer. I wear a womens 7.0 to 8 US. Since these are Mens boots I tried on 7 and 7.5 with thick socks. They do run small for Men but not for women. They are about the same size as a woman would wear. The 7.5 US was about a half to an in too big in the toe So I went with the 7 US which fits absolutely perfectly. I am not worried about "sticks"poking, we live in the desert so these are perfectly suited to my wants and needs.
I am a woman and trying to figure out the size I wore was a nightmare!! In the women's ATAC 8" side zip boot by 511 I wear an 8.5 US 41 EU. I emailed 511 asking if they could tell me how to convert between women's and men's.....never got a response back. I looked on the 511 website and used their sizing chart and converted my women's US 8.5 to the EU 41, then the EU 41 to the men's US 8. (EU sizes are standardized...no men versus women nonsense)
For reference... in UGG boots, 511 women's ATAC 8" side zip boot, Nike Shox and Brooks tennis shoes I wear 8.5 US, in designer high heals and Old Navy flip flops and just about every other random shoe I wear a 9 US. I have somewhat wide feet.
The men's 8 US size in this design is the exact same sole length as my women's 8.5 US 511 ATAC 8" side zip boot. (I put them sole to sole with the heals up against the wall....they light up near perfectly.) The only real difference is that this design is a little bit more narrow and is a little more fitted. It is my fit for this design.
If you are a women and have a built or thick calf these shoes will not lace up properly. They have a super small/narrow ankle to calf area. These are men's shoes and I guess made for men with stick legs and narrow feet.....
These boots are very light and somewhat comfortable. They have no padding on the sole really, an insole is required, my feet got very sore and tired in just a couple hours. The boots are single layer nylon and probably designed for the mall. They are near useless in the woods, sticks poke straight through as if you were wearing socks. Great boots for an indoor setting? I thought I would give these a shot, though I don't really expect them to make it through the summer with out being destroyed.
I understand the concept behind the tight fit, but 5.11 lost it when they created this boot for individuals with narrow long feet ignoring most Americans, there is nothing right about having to purchase a boot(or sneaker) 2-3 sizes larger than normal in length to get the width correct so you don't blow out the sides, these end up feeling like Bozo clown shoes. 5.11 had such a great reputation for making shoes that fit correctly, now not so much, maybe they can correct this huge oversight/incorrect application of concept in the future, until then I can not in good conscience recommend these boots.
Don't know why everyone else is saying order a bigger size. I got what I always get a 13 wide and they fit good. So far they feel comfortable and I like the way they hug your feet.
I got these boots for outdoor use and ordered a size bigger than usual and they were still too small. Suggest getting them 2 sizes bigger than you need.
I just received this pair of boots. I am deploying to Africa in two weeks. The boots feel great and they are very light weight. They run extremely small. I had to exchange the first pair I received because they were too small and tight. I am size 9 wide, and I had to order a 10.5 wide in order for my feet to feel comfortable. I have walked with the boots for a few days now and they are some of the best boots I have ever purchased and used. The first pair I received are dark coyote color as advertised. However, the second pair I received are not dark coyote color as advertised, rather the boots are Air Force green (maybe olive shade). The website shows more of a dark coyote color as advertised, but I do not know how I received a little bit of a different color. I highly recommend these boots to everybody that wants a light pair of boots.