As I've mentioned previously on this site I have amassed quite a collection of shoes from Ebay at ridiculously low prices. Due to the use of poor pictures I managed to pick up this pair of vintage pebble grain semi-brogues for less than $30. They had never been worn, but the heel had been replaced with a full leather heel and metal taps. It seemed as if the owner made the change prior to wearing them and for some reason they never did find the gentleman's feet. In any event, they found my feet and I have worn them 5-6 times since purchasing them. Each time I've worn them I look down at my shoes and think: 1) These are the nicest AE's I've seen..... 2) What is the origin of pebble grain leather?? It is somehow embossed, or is this a natural surface? Thanks for any insight.