I'll second what most people said in their comments; the Frye Billy Short boots are true to size. I purchased the gray and the color goes with everything: brown, black, beige and colored jeans. I also own a pair of the Frye Carson Shorties in tan. I wanted to provide a comparison between the Billy Short and the Carson Shortie in case anyone is making a decision between the two styles. The Carson Shortie heel is a tad higher, about 1/4 inch (the description says the Carson Shortie heel is 1/2 inch higher than the Frye Billy Short, but holding my pairs together for comparison that is not the case). The Carson Shortie seems dressier to me while the Billy Short provides a more rugged western look. To me the most important comparison is the boot shaft. Though the difference in shaft height between the two styles is almost imperceptible when they are held together in comparison, the Frye Billy Short, because of the deeper "V" cut and the slightly stiffer leather, keeps its "round" and seems to work better with tighter jean bottoms when you want the jeans "over" the boots. The Frye Carson Shortie has a softer and more supple shaft and for me needs a full boot cut jean over them. I also like the way the shaft stands on the Frye Billy Short for bare legs or with a skirt. Since the Frye Carson Short leather is a bit more supple, the shaft has a little more play or "gaping" when walking. All that said, I love both styles and highly recommend both. I only wear Frye and Lucchese western boots; made in the USA and quality can't be beat!
Okay, I waited a long time for these black boots to come in my size 8. I own Billy short boots in another color as well as over a dozen pairs of Frye boots. These boots are the most difficult boot to get on; it took help from a shoe hook and a lot of time. Then to get them off...needless, to say another person. Why did I keep them, you ask? Because once they are on, they feel fine and look great as expected. My only hope is that they will stretch with time. I didn't return them as I had already worn them as well. Maybe I got a weird pair, but be forewarned, get the boot, get the look, it's fantastic, but allow a solid 5 minutes extra for dressing if your boot is like mine! Sign me...a crazy fan for Frye boots. By the way: the reason I like these instead of Carson shorties (which I own in black and blue) is that the Billy short stands up and is slightly more pointy, so it goes with different looks like skirts. The Carson is very soft and is just a different style of boot and leather...more dressy, I guess. Billy is rugged and slightly edgy!
This is my first time writing a review for any product, but I felt I should do so for this one because of the fit. I own several pairs of Frye boots, mules and sandals, and these are the first ones that ever felt tight/small in my size. I am always a size 6, but wish I had ordered a 6 1/2 in this boot because my toes feel very cramped (I do have a wide foot) in this boot. I even had them stretched, but to no avail. It's not just a matter of width, either, it is also the length that is shorter than usual. I should have switched the 6 for 6 1/2. Take my advice if your foot is any wider than a B width and order (at least) a half size larger.
These boots are terrific looking: edgy and authentic, but they run really small. I am a true 9 and I couldn't even begin to get my foot down into this boot - it's because it's a slip-on, without any zipper. It makes it really difficult to get your foot angled into it correctly. I just ordered it again in a size up, I know I'm going to love them and wear them, they're great!
I am a size 6.5 and that's what I bought. At first I was worried they were too small, but they kinda mold to your feet. Their still a little scrunched on the toes, but ultimately I think they will be perfect. They are gorgeous. I couldn't be happier with the look. My only other piece of advice is don't wear them on an airplane if your feet have a tendency to swell!