I got a pair off of the B&S forum, and they are great boots. Really soft, comfortable leather, a beautiful shape, and even a perfect set of leather laces. As far as sizing, I would recommend going down 0.5 to 1 size, depending on the volume of your foot (instep, especially), the thickness of your socks, whether you will use an insole, etc. The only reason I could see to consider going down 1.5 sizes is if you are self-conscious about your foot size and want to try to squeeze into the tightest pair possible. But note that I generally think the "size down" advice for shoes and boots on these forums is exaggerated.