At first glance, I wanted to return them. I felt the zipper in the back (which is really shiny) was too cheap looking. Well, when my 25 yr. old daughter said, I love those boots, especially the zipper; I decided to keep them. I have worn them 3x and have gotten compliments on every occasion. I still wasn't sure I wanted them (was going to give to daughter), but decided to do a quality comparison to other boots of same price. These definitely were the better deal. A negative is that I got a drop of water on them and they stained. I will not wear them in the rain or when the ground is wet. A big plus is the color. Love, love, the color. Have not seen a caramel so pretty as these(this I would rate a 5). I also love the little bit extra in heel height. (another 5 rating) Even though these are not leather; I feel they don't scream fake. Overall, for the price these are a deal and I will keep wearing them.