I do know what you mean. It's not for everyone. I wore mine for about a year before giving up on them just because the sizing was off and the heel too tall for me. I liked the way they looked. But I would tell people that I wanted a pair of boots that (1) my grandfather could have worn, and (2) looked like the sort of thing a cartoon character would fish out of a lake! They do have that look, which is up my alley I must admit.