"When it comes to shoes and spending money I believe that putting out the extra buck for a nicely made pair of shoes is always worth it. This past fall season, as I was on a hunt to find the perfect boot, I looked everywhere!! so i can promise you that there is no better casual, flat boot out there. Not only does this boot provide you warmth on those below freezing days, but throw this boot on with a pair of jeans and top - you're instantly put together. It is a combination of femininity and nature's ruggedness which in effect make this boot unbelievably versatile. I own the brown, but I have seen the black in person and they are both stunning. If i could guess, I'd say the brown boot is actually a painted leather giving the boot its worn look. I can tell by the quality of the leather that I will have these boots for a very long time :)"