I knew it was a gamble... $25 for dress shoes. I wear dress shoes everyday for work. These shoes smell awful, like gasoline. Everyone around me could smell it too. I read previous reviews stating this, but I figured perhaps they were overblown... they weren't. You really do get what you pay for... so I would not recommend these shoes for a formal environment. The shoes look nice, and (like others noted) the sizing is off. I typically wear a 9 1/2 but bought an 8 based on recommendations, which seem to fit well. But again... the smell is just that bad and I won't be purchasing another pair.