The quality is hard to fathom.
These are so incredibly high in quality, it's hard to fathom. Until you remember the price you paid, that is. Boy, do they give one their money's worth! The leather and simply put the general quality is so wonderful that I only daily pull them out of the protective plastic sleeves they came in and gaze at them and smell them - then put them away again. They're absolutely amazing.
I had hoped in fact that the leather was not so heavily pigmented and that variations would be visible in it - and expected them to resemble the chili version of Allen Edmonds shoes that the only other reviewer said they looked like - but on both counts I was disappointed. Disappointed though isn't the right word. While they were in fact very much like the photographs on pelle line.com, they are beautiful still. The best pair of shoes I've ever owned and I'm terrified to wear them lest they suffer a scratch!