Few things... 1> Damn. I'm going to NY on the 20th.. was hoping to hit the shop and see if there was a sale. Looks like I'm going to miss it
2> Someone compared them to Barkers above... I don't believe they are related. Maybe I'm wrong... anybody? 3> I think the skull broguing is subtle enough that they will not go out of style. 4> They are pretty well made, but NOT ALL are goodyear welted. Some are blake stitched, and those are much less expensive. I have seen the blake models at NM for $300 or so. 5> The leather is pretty nice. I'm probably going to take some flack for this, but the shoe dept. at Chicago Saks has Weston, EG, Barker Black, Bally, Tramezza/Zegna Couture, Testoni, and Church's. I would rank the leather in that order... but I'm not an expert.