I needed to transition out of a tote for work as my shoulder has been giving me problems. I walk about 25 minutes from the train to my office and, though I tried to change positions, I was really getting my body out of balance by carrying a one sided bag. I didn't want an ugly backpack either though and this absolutely fits the bill. Nice leather and the large is the perfect size. Just the right amount of pockets and it even has a zipper in the side so you can put your wallet in the bottom of the big compartment so you don't have to worry about anyone getting it from the top, but then it's easy to access if you need it. Great value for the price.