Both real leather and synthetic leather, or manmade leather, look great when you buy them. The difference is a few months down the road the synthetic leather shoes will be cracking, peeling, and generally falling apart. This is because they are essentially plastic. Sometimes the situation calls for a pair of these. If you think you'll wear them maybe once a year for the next 10 years. These shoes would suffice. If you were looking for a pair you can wear once a week for year, these will be done at the end of that year. Despite the lengths retailers will go to confuse, and deceive us with labeling, I still have a pair of PU shoes I wear frequently because I like they them. A double edged sword though for the reasons I mentioned above. These are good looking shoes. If longevity isn't a concern, save a buck and go for it.