Yeah I bought them around the time they first launched. There was a lot of hype about them being comparable to C&J, which they are not, unfortunately. I had a faulty pair (squeaky welt) and had to have them exchanged. Kind of turned me off the brand, plus I wasn't convinced by the level of finishing and styling on some models.I have the string loafers from Carmina (in a UK11) and they are miles apart in terms of quality. That little bit extra is worth it in my opinion.