John, thanks for the input about DJP being "cool". At 15 years your senior, I'm not quite old enough to be your father, but with a 16 year-old daughter who has a remarkable eye for fashion (we spent part of yesterday in NYC around the fashion area in SoHo), I can appreciate what you mean. I like the styling of these DJP as I tend to favor Italian cut suits, but I'm also very interested in your observation about them not being well made. I bought them for $58 at Saks Off 5th and would have no problem returning them.
DJP shoes are well-made enough that they are worth taking a good deal on. I concur, "cool," is a fitting word for them. Their quality is probably in the lower-middle shoe quality bracket, which is good in terms of what most of America is wearing. Secondly, for the price range (around the same as Kenneth Cole, Bacco Bucci, et al) they are ahead of the curve, offering sleeker, much less clunky shoes (although still with a squared toe).