Upon thinking about this some more, I'm not sure.
1) The forward strap doesn't look like it can be buckled on the tightest hole. Additionally there's no elastic on the front strap. Bizarre as the one closer to the ankle has one.
2) The buckle's are very very very shiny. The copper-ish color is a good contrast to the lighter brown suede, but it really makes the shoes stand out.
1 is slightly annoying because I feel like I'd slide forward in the shoes a little bit, which is easily avoidable on my other monkstraps just by tightening the anterior strap. 2 brings a lot of attention to the shoes. I'm not sure how I could dull this at all. Any suggestions?
The suede is super nice and I quite like their shape. I'd say they're a pretty great deal, especially since I got them for 175 (potentially 155 if I rebuy after returning).
1) first buckle with leather and second buckle with elastic it's the standard (some makers don't use elastic at all, as JL William)
2) you can take a soft brass brush, cover the leather and patiently brush the buckles, I did this with metal buttons and it works perfectly.
The only think I dislike of my Cannons it's the heel heigth, I think the heel it's too low and unbalanced, the shoe looks like it's sitting on the heel.
btw It's an easy fix.