In a word WOW! I bought these originally in my normal size 9 with black suede, I ended up exchanging for size 8½ (the heel slipped a bit in the larger size) and the smaller size fit me like a glove (thanks for the next day exchange, Zappos!). They are surprisingly comfortable given the heel height and I was able to wear them for a long night out dancing the day I got them - they are perfect with both skinnies/jeans and dresses. I am so happy to have such comfortable, stylish and versatile shoes in my arsenal. Get these booties!