Don't get me wrong, I like the patent sometimes. I have achilles mids in patent bone, same as the ones jd has that are pretty cool. Patent bball highs just look unappealing to me. I had the same shoes, achilles mids in patent bone. Not that comfortable on the feet. I am in between sizes in CP. My desert boots were in 42 and mid achilles were in 41. While the 42s gave me some slippage, the 41s were just a tad bit tight around the toe box. So I ordered my bb highs in 42, hopefully I can tie the laces tight enough and won't have any problems.