Saw these today and something just compelled me to buy them. Black is an unusual color for shell, I know, but I can't find a single finely-spiderwebbed crease on them like you get with normal leather- all smooth valleys. 5 nails too, which I've heard is a feature to look for on these guys... I paid eight bucks. Did I strike gold, or waste eight bucks? Sadly, gold or no, they're a size too small for me, so I'm flipping them.