THe cut of the sole around the toes is made for feet that have some serious slanting around the toes, as in from the big toe to the little toe, there should be a sharp downward line. I am saying this because my big toe would fit just fine, but all my other toes are hanging over the edge of the sole. I am a 40 in ancient greek sandals, YSL pieds nude, so i ordered a 40 in these as well, but I could have probably easily sized up to at least a 40.5 if not 41 so that all of my toes would fit on the sole. Otherwise, the straps are quite nice and the shade of gold is lovely. It's a pity, I really wanted these to work.