Have loved and used the EL-X since their release. Always ordered a size 43, but with the latest releases, this no longer works. The pair I received was tight to the point of being painful. Same with the replacement of size 44. Thought I would try size 45, but these are very large and loose. I have extreme patience and will try again, but unless you can try different sizing to get the right fit, these may not be for you. That said, once you get a pair that fits,they are the best show for the gym that you'll ever have.