These are really pretty shoes and much better than both the original basic black ones I bought and the skull and crossbones ones I then upgraded to (see my other review).I loved the concept of the original pumps but found I wanted to wear them more often.I was therefore very pleased that a deluxe one was available with a nice thick sole so you don't feel the stones! These shoes are nearly perfect and very comfortable with a much more solid feel. At the same time they also pack up nearly as neatly as the originals so in my view are very successful. My only complaint is that I would love to see a much wider range in the deluxe. Although the flowers are pretty I would rather have a plainer version with a smaller black fabric flower as the silvery one actually adds unnecessary bulk so takes up more room in the evening bag. I would also love to see some plain deluxe ones in every colour esp nude.