The quality of the shoe is very good, but when I first pulled them out of the box I realized the toe was rather large and blunt, which is definitely not my preference for a snappy looking dress shoe. I would give the shoe a 3-star rating if it were not for the high quality of the shoe.
For reference, when my aunt saw them she said, "Oh no! They look like clown shoes." Additionally, other have commented that they look big on my feet, whereas the inner dimensions fit perfectly snug with my foot.
Overall I would recommend these shoes to the those who don't care so much about the look of the shoe and are looking for something that will last a long time.
I was fortunate to purchased the Goodyear Welt Chelsea Boot in a brown suede when they were available, which are probably the best pair of shoes I've ever owned. The quality was amazing and I've gotten countless compliments wearing them. So if you're looking for a more stylish shoe then I would highly recommend the Chelsea Boot as an alternative. They can be dressed up in formal attire or dressed down with jeans. They're great! I would definitely buy another pair whenever they wear out. The monks? Wouldn't purchase again personally.