All, I'm in need of understanding what exactly I just purchased and if I was absolutely taken for a ride. I own multiple AE's, a few Aldens, and a lovely pair of C&Js; when I purchased these I made the assumption (I know, bad on me) that I was purchasing something like a "C&J for Ralph Lauren" situation. I believe I missed that mark by far. Here's a link to the shoes I purchased (Ralph Lauren, Made in Italy, Denham, retail $550): http://www.barneyswarehouse.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNYWS-Site/default/Search-Show?q=denham Here are some pics to help illustrate my inquiry/request for help. I can tell you the leather feels much thinner and the shoe is overall much lighter. After the pictures I have a few questions if anyone can enlighten me. This is a shot of the shoe next to my Strands, you can see a fair amount of wrinkling of the leather despite the fact that I haven't even put them on yet. And the other shoe, for what it's worth, looks like it's been a part of a jumping jack marathon and almost certainly has taken the shape of another wearer's foot. Don't let the camera's flash fool you, the shoe is a near-maroon color, and that slight hint of burnishing towards the toe is strictly lighting, not actually present. This is the outsole: And these are the only markings inside the shoe - do they lend any info as to the manufacturer? So here are my questions: Who the heck made these? Are they of as poor quality as they seem to me? What's with that sole? Is that something of value somewhere, or is it an indicator of a shoddy job/lower quality? There is a mark on the insole: "Vero Cuoio", if I understand it right that just means "real leather", so how can that apply to shoes that are rubber soled? Despite these being "Final Sale", I'm fairly certain I'll be ringing Barney's for a refund given I've purchased the floor model/display shoe, but I am curious to understand if these are really worth their asking price, or if this is the epitome of brand name being used to sell subpar shoes, when they used to stock C&J for Ralph Lauren. Thanks for any help you can provide, my most deep gratitude for your insights.