I admit I looked at hundreds (maybe thousands) of barstools on line and drove around town to sit on what few choices I found locally. I actually considered buying another set for much more $$$, but after reading other reviews on these stools, I decided to take a chance. Good decision! The leather is soft and supple and they have an overall expensive designer look. I saw similar style used on a well known TV design show. Also, they come fully assembled so no worry about screws not lining up or legs being uneven. These are a good value.