I have had these boots now for 4 years and I almost always get a comment or question from strangers when I wear them. They are very comfortable to wear and always look classy no matter if I am wearing Wranglers, Carharts or nice slacks. They always look appropriate. Ostrich is a very pretty but super tough leather and it is almost scratch proof. After 4 years there are no marks on mine and I do not baby them. Yes, they are expensive, but they are worth every dollar IMHO.