Vans are my favorite brand of shoe, so i knew they wouldn't let me down. i bought the all-black vans because i needed a pair of black shoes as part of my high school jazz ensemble uniform, and they didn't fail. they look really awesome with my jazz outfit, and the off the wall logo on the back matches my favorite red tie (my jazz outfit consists of black pants, a black button up shirt, and a red tie). the size for vans is down half a size than most of the other brands i've worn (i'm usually a seven in women's, and i'm a 6.5 in vans). if you already have a pair of vans, you can probably just go off the size of those! in the past, i've heard people complain that vans hurt when you wear them, but usually they just need to be broken in! it only takes a few days and then the soles should fit to the shape of your feet.