The boot feels of high quality and is pretty comfortable out of the box. I couldn't see any defects. Compared to the photos, the colour of the leather is less of a burgundy and more of a brown in my opinion, which I actually prefer. In terms of sizing, I ordered US 8.5 and it fits really well (I have a pair of AE Park Avenue US 9 - a little large and sneakers varying from 9-9.5 US). Time will tell how well these boots last but as of now, they look promising.
Solid boots. Soles were comfy from the get go. The upper was a bit creaky and took a few days' wearing to break in, but has been fine ever since. Excellent fit and comfort-level considering the price point.
Bought the Captain’s in brown. Great quality for the price and a great looking boot. Went a half size down as recommended and they fit, albeit a little snug. Unlike other comments they’re not quite worn in straight out of the box. I’ve had them 3 weeks or so now and they’re still stiff around the ankle. I’m sure this will give in time and have no other concerns. Will definitely look at other styles in this brand and have no hesitation to recommend them to others.