I had been looking for a pair of boots for a long time. I wanted simple boots with no buckles, or embellishments. It was incredibly hard to find a pair that was comfortable enough to wear for an extended day, had some heel but not too much, had the right hight shaft, and was good quality leather with the right fit (tight on the calves), and didn't break the bank. I eventually found these boots from Finland. They are a German brand Caprice. I love these boots! I can wear them with anything, and they are a good supporting actor to whatever is the main attraction of the day.