I have not had a chance to test the waterproofing, but here are my first impressions.The quality is superb. First class materials, excellent craftsmanship, beautiful stitching, no gaps between shoe and sole, almost look like a dress boot. My grandfater spent most of his working life in the shoe industry (before the companies bailed in the 60s) and he would be impressed by the workmanship. The advice on fit was spot on. The shoe is a bit wide in the toe area and your normal shoe size should be right. Probably enough room for a thicker sock once they are broken in. I wore them around the house at first to be certain the fit was correct. Really comfortable boot. I am retired but I could imagine riding to work in these boots and wearing them all day with no discomfort. The inner liner for waterproofing does come up above the ankle and it makes it a bit tight to get your foot in, especially if you have a high instep. This is hardly an issue and loosening the laces a bit extra takes care of it. This boot is a winner.