I can deal with it but you definitely couldn't layer socks or wear anything too thick with them. They're not super cute or anything; I was more concerned with getting boots that looked like they could handle Chicago winters. I felt cold stepping into puddles or slush.They could also really benefit from half sizes. Invest in your feet, it's worth it. They are completely water proof, the neoprene that the top is made out of is what scuba suits are made out of so it's built with quality, and warmth in mind.Since they come in whole sizes and it's always best to have at least a thumb's width between the tip of the boot and the tip of your toes, with socks on, I went with a size 7 even though I wear 6 1/2 in shoes.