I sincerely hope that this and the calf bluchers represent another direction for OSB. The price for these boots and the bluchers, given their high quality, is difficult (if not impossible) to beat. Leather soles are wonderful, and OSB's are very comfortable, and soften quickly after putting them on in the morning. That satisfying leather sole tap is hard to beat, too, of course. They're a great office shoe. So, if that's your environment, do not pass up this opportunity. For me, I want them! But, living in Michigan, and not having an office job, I'm set for nice leather-sole shoes (on the relatively rare occasion that I wear them). I also don't have a close local cobbler, and, I'm not a fan of wellies (guess I really ought to be though!). Practicality is important for me with footwear. I own (and have owned, but sold) many nice shoes. Oak Street makes shoes that work perfectly for me. My favorite pair of shoes is their Trench Oxford. (I will be ordering a custom pair in black at some point, I hope!) In fact, what I really want to do, is to sell other shoes to justify purchasing at least the Seidel Chrome boots (I already own a pair of the black leather sole Lakeshore boots) and both bluchers. It is nice to see this company expand their lines, with more Dainite options, for instance. So, buy them if you can, and OSB, please keep on moving forward.