Hi all, These boots are simply too narrow for me. I've worn them exactly 6 times, and have always been kept in shoe trees after wear. I used Saphir MdO dark brown cream to darken the shaft, which gives the boots a much more interesting contrast. These are on a double rubber sole that is similar to Dainite. There are no QC issues, at none that I've found. Here is the original MTO link. http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-warns-of-possible-threats-to-westerners-in-beijing-1450971612 Please PM all offers, thanks!