What really sold me on the Belmonts were the little extras that the Baroques don't have: the punched toe cap, the zipper guard at the heel, and the textured look of the leather. The difference in price between the two boots was less than $20. I figured that the snap keeper along the heel was worth twenty bucks. I tossed the Baroques to the curb and ordered the Belmonts instead.
The foot of the Baroques is much wider. In fact, they were so big initially that I had to add gel inserts to make them more my size. The calf was also much more roomy than I needed. I always felt that the Baroques ran big. The Belmonts run true to size. I ordered an 8 with a wide calf. The fit is perfect without much wiggle room. I decided to send them back.
And then I tried them on again. Still no. And then I tried them on the next day. Nope again. After the third time, I realized that I could probably live with them, especially for the price, so I tossed them in my car hoping to scuff them up so that the decision would be made.
When I got to the barn, I slipped them on and completely forgot they were new. I've worn them several times for several hours and have not had a single issue. No rubs, no blisters, nothing.
The verdict? Budget-friendly boots that look good and feel great.