Seeing that this shoe got 5 stars from several reviews enticed me to buy them. I was immediately disappointed when I first saw them by the slightly faded fabric. When unzipping the back, both zippers on both feet were sewn crooked so I was Not impressed. Trying to put these shoes on was challenging and time consuming. As I was afraid of, the straps on the ankles are too tight and the elastic used has no stretch therefore useless. I had to leave one shoe not fully zipped as it's too tight. They look great but would have preferred a 2 inch maximum. I will have to return them. So do not believe they are so large. They fit well if you do Not have anything swollen or too large.