This is the boot that every squaddie wants and yes I am inpatient and spend too much on my kit. My altberg boots probably had another 12 months left but I had to have these. I'm a size 9 so went for a 10 and the sizing is good. The AKU combat boot have anatomical footbeds which mean they are unusually shaped under the foot but apparently this is why they're so good. After a few wears I've got used to this and the boots are comfortable and supportive. Would recommend to other serious users whether you're a cadet instructor, reserve or regular.