Just picked up a pair of the James 8-eye this past winter, and also the Percy show from the same collection.
All I can say is that, other than not being made in the UK, this is an amazing interperetation of the DM classics. The leather has a deep chestnut-brown color, the 'pull-up' is amazing and subtle, and the contrast white stitching is really amazing in person. Well worth the price tag. Am looking forward to really getting these broken in.
I've been using brown polish sparingly and carefully, to preserve the white stitching, and only when they get deep scuffs. I've been using mink-oil polish which does darken them a bit, but has really helped speed the break-in and luster.
Ony drawback is that the rear leather pull-strap tore off on both boots within a week (not a big deal).
These pair nicely with some raw jeans. Cut and form are exactly like the classic 1461s, but the leather is neither high-polish or waxy. It's closest to what I'd call 'saddle leather' in it's finish, color and stiffness. These are beauties.http://www.dmusastore.com/p-2627-james.aspxhttp://www.dmusastore.com/p-2631-percy.aspx