Bought these for a trip to Vegas... only wanted to bring one pair of shoes so I needed something I could walk in all day but would not be refused entrance into a bars or clubs due to dress code. They are more subtle/not as glossy as in the picture. Came with an extra set of black laces, which is great. Comfortable and stylish, everything I was looking for; I hope these are never discontinued. GOOD JOB MERRELL!