A quick search tells me resident DM expert Get Smart agrees with you on the "for life" line. Did you get the regular black or the "smooth black"? From the pictures I like the look of the regular ones better, but maybe you have seen them both in person? What's the sizing like? TTS? I sized down 1 full size from a 10 to a 9 because I felt like the 10's fit a little too big. The 9's were perfect, and the leather is a bit spongy so I knew that they would stretch a bit. My shoes are a matte finish, not shiny. I don't know if they're regular or smooth. ha. I wanna get the oxblood made in England pair, too. Also, great fit Zissou!