"Italian made. I got these just two days ago, so this review may be a little premature. I was worried these would make my feet look too long or bulky, considering I have quick thin calves. They can in certain skinny jeans, but look utterly gorgeous with the socks, some shorts/skirt or dress. They are of high high quality, and initially when you take them out of the box they don't look it, but they grow on you. They're a tad bit too pointy for my taste, but they still work. It's a sturdy shoe that has worked through the rain, and they're quite heavy. The elastic is great since it allows more "breathing room". The wooden sole will take some taking used to, they're pretty unique. For sizes, I run between a 8 to 8 1/2. I got this in an 8 1/2 and I'm glad I did. They run a bit narrow, but my feet are already a bit narrow so it all works out. They came faded enough on the tip of the shoe, so I can still do my own wear and tear. The look? Feminine with a masculine edge."