The leather on these boots is perfect. A little distressed, deliciously cognac and very soft. I just LOVE the outside zipper and dainty buckle detailing. So unique. The sturdy sole is great for bad weather. These boots work best on a regular to tall -ish height gal with a 15 inch calf circumference. The shaft height is too high for petites so don’t even try. Runs big so size down half a size.