DonCarlos, it doesn't matter if the shoe is a $50 knock-off, an $800 Darlton, or a $2000 Lobb. It's the tragedy of tarnishing something pristine...like a virgin leather sole. Either you get it...or you don't. I am definitely keeping them, and absolutely going to wear them. That was never the issue. Figured a few people would get a kick out of this thread, that's all. I just haven't had an nice event that called for a good shoe in the last 2 weeks. I actually look forward to breaking them in, and hopefully developing some patina/antiquing.