Yikes (!) for folks paying full price for this shoe that regularly goes on sale. At least twice a year, they hold the private sale -- just monitor the board and wait for the announcement I bought mine in October, I believe. I wear them at least once or twice a week. I brush them hell out of them with a horsehair brush and they still look great with a nice shine. They have also aged a bit darker in some areas, which I really like. Finally, mine did appear to arrive about a half size larger than the 9D on the box, but I wear them with a thick pair of socks and enjoy them. Do you mind me asking how much you paid for them? Would like to get a sense of what I can expect to pay. Thanks in advance!