I ordered the Blake in Chocolate Brown Shell Cordovan with black stitching on upper and tempest soles. I too am not crazy about the laces, I will be replacing them once I get the boots. I cannot wait to see the finished product.
I concur. When I placed my order and paid my money it took approximately 2-3 weeks to get a shipping notification via e-mail and 3 or 4 days later I received my shoes. I believe definitely worth the wait. the only thing I didn't like was getting dinged by Fed Ex... they really pad those fees!