I bought 2 pairs of boots last autumn. Both fairly cheap and not leather and the 'coating' has come off both. The knee length m&s ones have gone back (soon to be replaced by some duo ones) but now my ankle length ones from brantano are the same so I need to return them too! So, brown leather ankle boots to wear mainly with jeans. Flat and fairly wide to fit an insole in ;not usually a problem with boots...).