The shoes are great after the box but even better once you break them in. As the leather wears it takes on a cool look as well. The leather around the ankle and top of the foot molds to the shape of your foot, making it very comfortable. I use an insert for the sole to make the fit a bit tighter. I cut off the tab on the back of the shoe because it interfered with the drape of my pants. Look great with jeans. Holding up well (laces may need replacement at some point).