Close enough - mine were a bit less as shipping to Canada and the US was included - definitely half off or better. And I have to say, the roomy toe box is something of a revelation in comfort. Feels like there's enough room to play the piano in there. Overall, out of the box comfort is essentially unmatched. I pretty much never wear a brand new pair of shoes all day - on a long day no less - but did so with these without issue.
But what has really impressed so far is the "hillbilly leather" - which kind of like a glossy chromexcel. Very supple and luxurious feel. Can't wait to see how it handles the bad weather.