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on May 14, 2014
These shoes caught my eye at 67% off their original price. Upon receiving the Charcoal/Galactic color (a dark brown) & opening the box they looked terrific, especially for the price paid - leather feels soft & the details of the shoe were pleasing. My feet run between an 11/11.5 & the 11.5 in this shoe was a great fit (no need to size up for me unlike another Amazon reviewer).

Taking the very first step in the shoe the leather on the top of the toe box at the shoe's flex point became lined with small cracks and the overall area of the cracking became much lighter in color (see the uploaded photo). It made the shoes look distressed, which was an unwanted/unexpected look. I contacted the shoe's manufacturer to see if this was due to a defect in the leather dying/finishing and was told this was an intended effect for this shoe and that these effects "render each pair uniquely one of a kind."

The cracking is such that I feel like it would take frequent application of leather cremes/conditioners to cover it up, and with this being basically a casual everyday shoe I don't want to have to obsess over its care like I would with a much more expensive dress shoe - that said I also don't want to wear a shoe that looks so damaged right out of the box on the first step. For comparison my other casual shoes are Johnston & Murphy, Keen, Clarks, Rockport, Dr. Martens, and even a pair of Dr. Scholls that are somewhat trendy and don't look like they belong on my grandfather - and none of these shoes (even the nubuck leather ones like this Bed Stu Lather) exhibited this type of effect even after significant wear.

If you want a shoe that will show distress immediately upon its first wear this is a shoe you should consider but if not you should definitely look elsewhere. Bed Stu makes some attractive shoes but unfortunately after this experience I would most likely not consider purchasing any of their products in the future.
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on October 12, 2015
I really like BedStu and these are a good example of what they do well. These are well constructed but look a bit warn. They are very soft but are very durable. They are a bit narrow but not uncomfortable.
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on September 25, 2014
Needed some new dress shoes for a couple of events and bought these based on the reviews. They ARE comfortable! Had them on all day with no issues and they look nice but without being too formal.
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on April 14, 2014
I've probably worn these about a dozen times now. I wear a 9 for most dress shoes or boots, and a 10 for most running shoes - these follow that trend. I have pretty low volume feet, and the 9 fits me pretty well. The leather feels high quality. The finish or stain they used discolors in the forefoot area where the shoe flexes, as expected - I like the look. The shoes rub my Achilles tendon a bit more than other shoes, but the foot bed feels pretty good. Even though the footbed feels pretty good, I'm thinking about getting some Superfeet to raise my heel a little and provide a little more impact cushion.
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on August 12, 2014
Beautifully handcrafted and feel like a dream!
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on October 19, 2015
Great looking shoe. High quality. I have received many compliments on these.
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on July 29, 2014
I really like the way they look, I usually wear a 10 but for this model a 10 1/2 fits better.
I've been wearing them at work for a week now, the look really good and I didn't notice any defect or unglued bottom so far.
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on September 9, 2014
Great shoes
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on July 28, 2014
Best choice quality/price
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on July 9, 2014
The shoe looks well made. However, if you scratch the skin with you fingers, i tleaves stripe marks on the shoe, so dont try it.
Also. it creases easily and cannot be worn formally as it has a weathered look and tends to crease easily. I have not worn it yet but at the first blush it looks fine for the price paid.
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