I bought a pair of the white lows and they weren't bad tbh. The leather is much softer which may make you question the quality. And for some reason the shoe looks/feels much chunkier even though the measurements are nearly identical to CPs. They don't taper as much towards the toe box so people with wider feet who can't wear CPs could probably appreciate them. Is it worth it to pay an extra $100-150 for CPs? To each their own i guess. I'd say they're the best substitute I've seen.