42 should probably fit you then.
I got a pair of the side zips myself as the price was reasonable. Needed a pair of black boots.
It's only been 4 days, but I've worn them everyday and they're just getting more and more comfortable. No signs of problems so far, but then again, it's only been 4 days. Some part of me wants to polish them in black, but some part of me digs the grey thing.