I like them but I find it difficult to match them with any of clothes. They are casual enough that they wouldn't really go well with a more formal suit(perhaps a light brown casual suit but even then) while being too formal to wear with a nice, dress shirt. They seem like the shoes of a school-teacher or college professor.
I have similar shoes with a vibram half soles that I wear in bad weather, slush,rain with flannels or jeans. Works good then, but I agree with your statement above. They are kind of in a no-mans zone, good to fill in gaps when the staple shoes are already there.