I ordered this bag as a rebellion against crappy, cheap looking, bling-blingy purses that seem to have permeated the market lately. This looks like "nothing special" which was exactly what I wanted - there are no worthless zippers to nowhere, no fringe, nor enormous metallic logos that make you look like a K-mart-shoppin' Paris Hilton. The straps are sturdy and a good length - it fits on my shoulder fine, might be just a tad to long for holding by your side - the purse is large, but not ridiculously so. It holds a lot of "purse stuff" - wallet, makeup bag, anti-bac, etc - as well as the occasional bag lunch or "take home work" files. The snap closure is my favorite thing ever! My only complaint (and this is my own fault) is I got the burgundy, which is beautiful, but severely clashes with my largely purple and brown shoe and jacket wardrobe.