The Bear-104 is a beautiful boot, superbly made. The seams are well done, the quality of the boot is fantastic.
I am just not a huge fan of the boot. Sure, I will use it for clubs, but it is not overly comfortable. As a night creature, the boot is a bit loud for my taste to be walking through the city at any given hour. This is due to the buckle at the toe. My fit does not allow for a smaller cinch of the buckle, and the buckles jingle a bit heavily for me to feel secure in my evening's endeavors. The sole is also a different sort of beast, whereby light step walking isn't really a thing, either. You will not sneak up on anybody in these bad boys.
As far as design, build, and condition of the boot, this is a very well done boot. Personal preference is that it is only ok.
A size 7.5, the 8 seems big enough on my foot to be true to size.