I think the shape is pretty bad tbh.
They look very big and clumsy. The sole would have been better if it was completely flat underneath, like a proper creeper.
I've handled the derby version and they don't look very good in person.
If you have the money, I would rather get the Common Projects Postal Boot or a pair of Red Wing Postman. You can find the RW's on Ebay now for a decent price. Similar look.
i actually do like how the sole looks. lows (so called round toe shoes) definitely looks better than those boots tho.
why you didn't like derbys? only reason i havent bought them yet is that they are cherry color lol. then again... i dont have anything but black shoes...