The patina of the leather uppers on this shoe is gorgeous. Just had two women in an elevator yesterday tell me how beautiful my shoes were! The look of the shoe is a bit deceptive in that the synthetic sole is not soft and cushy. It's a relatively firm but lightweight composite. I am glad the sole doesn't compress like a "comfort" dress shoe, but I actually wish the insole were a bit more cushioned. I did have to size up a half size to accommodate a slightly wider foot.