They are, but if i'm on my feet for a long time i'd prefer to wear something that's more lightweight with more cushioning like flyknits or pure boosts.
If purely from an aesthetic standpoint, Diadoras >>>>
The last time i purchased from Solebox they didn't remove VAT IIRC. And consensus is to go with your Gel Saga/ NB997/998 size. Sol Y Sombras ran slightly larger than other N9000 collabs.