I love my 744s. Always nice to see what they looked like new, such a light brown. I went the sacrilegious route, and half-soled/oiled/sno-sealed them, and have used them as shit kickers. Boy have they met the challenge. They're a deep chocolate color at this point, only about 1.5 months old so not much patina, but the wear patterns look great. And are they just so comfortable. The rest of my collection is getting a bit jealous at this point.