Pros: comfortable, thick sole, easy to put on (you need only adjust the laces once, and subsequently work to tie up the loose ends alone), lovely mirror metallic gold; gives a true gladiator vibe.
Cons: no cushioning in the insole.
Verdict: definite keepers. The gold is delicate and not at all OTT or cheap. They are delicate but sturdy and look beautiful with pants and maxis, alike. Total keepers.