I have these and they are wonderful - they don't look too pirate-y, they come up just an inch or so over my knee, and they fit really close thanks to the stretchy back, but are able to go over skinnies. The heel is stable and professional. The only downside is that they are not waterproof, but I've sprayed them obsessively and brush them after each wear. I had to go up a half-size because of my wide feet, but that was good because I have room for socks (and I wear socks over tights in winter). They are SO warm and comfortable, and I feel fab in them. Yes, they are pricey, but well worth it. I know Gryffin recommends the Stuart Weitzmans as well - these are similar and a little less $(although waterproof may be worth the extra).