Just started these. Not sure if I am ripping anyone off or not. The best part is since I get the shoes from the thrift store there is stuff in the tread like gum and dog poo. They have a huge feeling of time because some of the tread is worn away and some of it is new. It gives a history to the piece. Also making the pieces kind of stink like feet so they work on another level. I have been wearing one all day today and man I keep smelling feet? These are great!!!