Moving into a new apartment where I decided to forego a dining table and just use my bar counter, I searched high and low for a great pair of bar stools. I was choosing between this set and another more expensive high-end pair that had no back but full-grain leather. I am very pleased I chose Overstock's offering: these Fergie stools have a smooth bi-cast leather (meaning the leather is coated with polyurethane to give it a glossy look and make it more durable, but the leather is not the "antique" look you find on a traditional Manhattan club armchair) and come pre-assembled (a huge factor for me because I don't like the idea of furniture you have to put together yourself that may end up wobbly or poorly assembled). The seats are large (larger than usual bar stools) and well-cushioned, and the seam down the back does not bother me at all: it is a pretty, decorative seam. The duo came in separate, well-packaged boxes within one week, and they were ready to use out of the box. The only defect was small chipping along one of the small joint seams on the legs--fixable with a wood repair kit and a quick marker touchup, but not perfect. I note this because you should know that for the great bargain price, you will not receive flawless mortise-and-tenon or dove-tail joints as you might find in double/triple priced bar stools; investment furniture usually will not have these minor workmanship defects. Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with my purchase and the incredible price I paid for the pair, and I look forward to sitting on these comfortable stools and admiring them in my living room.