I found both my engineer boots and the varicks to be very snug when putting them on, but once I pushed past the fit was great. I have about 20 wears on my engineer boots, and they have definitely begun to break in. I can tell that it will take more time though before they really loosen up. The varicks I put on for two hours and wore around the house. I will likely do that several more times before they start to give enough that I would be ready to wear them out. I think the bottom line is these are very solid and well-constructed boots, and only begrudgingly will they come to love my feet. However, once they do, I expect the relationship to last for quite some time.