DMs - the brand: http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/10/24/there-danger-they-ll-stretch-brand-and-effectively-kill-it-stephen-cheliotis?utm_source=Interspire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The+Drum+Daily+Newsletter+-+25th+October+2013
And 'Aunty's' take on it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24653563
I blame Wayne Hemingway for all this. When he started selling DMs at inflated prices at Red Or Dead, along came the leary colours, the quality issues and the appropriation of DMs as a fashion bootie.
The last DMs I had were a dealer-boot. They fell to bits within months, and I look after my footwear. They cracked and split on the toe, and in-step. Leather was like cardboard.