Ordered a pair of the derbies in horsehide. Went with the RLH sole, blind eyelets, structured toe.
@limbas Both horsehide and CXL should be plenty sturdy. Yes, CXL tends to have a good amount of stretch and that could lead to a looser fit over time. How much so depends on the fit to begin with (super helpful answer right? ).
Chromepak might be the toughest of the three choices though. It's definitely the least refined choice of the three, in my experience.