I get complements from complete strangers all the time when I carry this bag. I originally bought it for a 'travel' purse because of the large size, but I love it so much I carry it all the time as my main purse. It is very large and things do get lost in it, but there are lots of pockets to help with that. My favorite are the large outside pockets, perfect for my quick-grab items like car keys, work badge, cell phone. I would recommend this to anyone, and the leather is lovely! I don't mind the short shoulder straps at all, they work fine for me.