We found that the boots run a little small. So if you are on the edge sizewise, round up. The buckles take a solid whack to close, but it was never a real problem; and the more tension you have on the buckle straps, the better they stay closed.How can you tell if you are getting the 2005 boots? All of the new boots are available in the 2005 colors of black, Dark Stone, Metallic Silver, Metallic White and red; and the look is hard to confuse with the 2004-and-earlier model. The different colors are available in sizes 6 to 13, and the matte black boot is available in sizes 5 through 15.