Congrats! First of all, Nova check is amazing and definitely not dated. However, I see what you are saying about the bag looking "fake." It's a very plain and simple design. Great for everyday but maybe you would be happier with something that had more leather/details?
I thinks it a classic style, nothing "old" about it. Shoes are fabulous, imo. I would wear this and I'm in my 30s. Of course, if you don't like it, get something you will enjoy wearing but as far as these go, both shoes and bag look great
OP, sorry what I meant is it is not what Nova check totes today look like, it may be an older design perhaps. As to whether it looks fake, I am not sure, it may because it is an older design. The Nova today have a different pattern and the base is more of a pinkish nude instead of beige. They can vary too though; my shoes are more beige based but my tote is definitely more of a flesh color. I would say either post on the authenticate thread or best get your Burberries at authorized retailers when on sale for example because then you can be sure.
I don't think it looks dated or old. It looks classy and classic. :) It doesn't look fake. I like the older nova check ones. They don't have the problem of color transfer from dark clothes as easily as the newer nova check ones they have these days. Much congratulations. I love the shoes too. :)