I was looking for a pair of well made but rugged casuals, a shoe that would double as a pair of business casuals too. These earthkeepers fulfill that need. The leather is premium, the workmanship is outstanding and the fit is just about right although I wasn't so sure at first because I usually wear a 1/2 size larger than the size 10 ordered. They must be broken-in, so wear 'em often for a few weeks.
There was snow on the ground (2-3 inches) the very next day I got these and they were more sure footed in the snow than I was used to. Also, you won't slide easily on wet floors wearing these, perhaps it has much to do with the design and composition of the outer bottom soles. These oxfords may look heavy but they aren't, they're light reliably designed and comfortable. The dark brown matches almost everything in my wardrobe.