Actually, the color is "Gold Diavolo" ...it's more of a tan shade (hard to tell from the pictures). I did apply venetian cream over the weekend so I think it made it just a shade darker.
Out of the box, it was more goldish brown than tan.
Yeah...the rubber sole feels too 'soft'. Really comfortable but I don't think it will last as long as traditional rubber soles. But like you, when the time comes, I'll get mine recrafted with something more harder.
But love the comfort for now. At $159, it was more than a bargain!!! I had it in my cart all day thinking and by the time I pulled the trigger, they just got sold out. Not sure if I bought the last pair..haha.
I've concluded that there is no difference between the Gold and the Brown, or my shoe was stamped the wrong number.