These shoes look great, and fit true to size. They look very nice with dress casual and jeans
and the leather seems to be of good quality. While the fit and finish is not nearly as nice as a pair of Johnston and Murphy shoes I own, they are still good for the money. The rubber sole is flexible enough for movement, and does not seem like the type of rubber that will break down and crack like many Clarks
shoe soles tend to do. I do have to say they are not nearly as comfortable as the J&M are though. These shoes look great but if you plan to walk extensively you may want try these on in an actual store such as Kohl's or a local show store that carries the brand.
On the part that people have complained about the rubbing in the toes. It is true. I have standard size width for men. I am not narrow fitted, but not wide either. I have played soccer
throughout my life and am used to narrow shoes
. The issue with these shoes is that the leather when brand new is very stiff, and mixed with the narrow front of the shoe, it causes the toes to be forced together and rub.
My fix for this was to rub the shoes down with waterproofing Mink Oil and saturate the leather. While the leather is polished, it is not sealed and absorbs water and oils readily, I left the mink oil on the shoe for a day and then polished the excess off at the end of the day. If you so choose to do this, be warned it will darken the color of the shoe. What is accomplished by doing this is it softens up the leather and makes it far more flexible, relieving most of the pressure placed on the toes when walking. I cannot say it gets rid of all the pressure, but it definitely helps and it also waterproofs the shoes for rainy days.
Overall I am satisfied with the shoe for the price. At roughly 1/3rd the price of a premier shoes such as a Johnston and Murphy, I can definitely deal with some of it's shortcomings. Time will tell how the leather upper holds up, but I can see the upper outlasting the rubber sole easily with proper care.