These Drew shoes are a velcro closing version of a tie-shoe,,,,the only difference is closure. I own this shoe in black and this "dark brown" (it's more like a nice dark tan) as a tie shoe and now as a velcro closure.
These shoes are remarkably good looking, very durable and most important to me, an excellent fit for my 13 6E feet. There is a great arch support already in the shoe, but it accepts orthotics as well. I'm wearing these my next trip to the airport...the velcro will make TSA more tolerable and supportive of my feet also.