These boots definitely do run 1/2 size large. Brian made the exchange process very easy. Once I got the correct size, the boots were great. The factory insole was very comfortable out of the box. Usually with a new set of boots, I end up replacing the insole with a set of Superfeet but these didn't need it.
This is my first pair of Bellevilles and I am definitely happy with these. I work outdoors in the snow and these have been great. The gore-tex does an excellent job of keeping your feet dry when walking through puddles or snow. I've had these since last winter and they still look great.
I fly for the USAF and these have been great flight boots. During long flights, my feet tend to get cold and sweaty. However, these boots are insulated very well and are comfortable and warm. Definitely worth the money!