Bought my Clarks DB back in Dec 2010. There was this Amazon Black Friday Sale and luckily, I managed to get my pair of Clarks DB at less than SGD$100 after shipping! The retail price was S$165 iirc. (ok, they got to pay rent, staff, overheads etc)
The DB is great. Comfortable right out of the box, no break-in needed.
After a month or so of wearing:
During which, I had several near-slip incidents due to the Crepe Sole. It was comfortable, no doubt about it. But there was little traction and I almost slipped and fell several times during/after rain when walking on cement floors.
So I decided the crepe must go. The DB is too good to be worn only on a good weather. And in Singapore, you can have Mr Sunshine smiling at you one minute, and the next, Miss Rainy comes to say Hi!
And so, I went to Masterfix Services to replace the crepe soles with Vibram Gumlite. Pricey, as compared to the cost of the shoe, but it was well worth it.
I know the shine won't stay. It's already slowly falling back to its rugged look now (less than a month since they were polished)
They are now my daily work shoes and sometimes when I'm bored, I will just admire the leather...