Well ladies...in exchange for allowing my husband to go buy the truck of his dreams, I have bargained for a Jimmy Choo and an iphone YEAH!! So, I am now debating between the Mahala and the Maddy. I have faithfully read every entry and discussion on the two and am leaning towards the Mahala (for size reference I'm a slim 5'2"). I want a nice, neutral color since I plan on using this bag every day. I'm mainly wondering about the new liquid patent vs. the older shiny leather and suede. I will certainly get the cognac, just curious about how shiny the liquid patent is compared to the "shiny." I did call a SA at the Jimmy Choo boutique here in Dallas, and he's holding a liquid cognac Mahala for me to look at on Monday. When I called I didn't think to ask if he had any "shiny" Mahalas in, though it looks like I could get either through the Jimmy Choo website. Any opinions or suggestions (though I think I've seen all pictures, feel free to post again!) Thanks so much, I've been an obsessive lurker for a few weeks now and this site obviously can be a bad influence !!