Shiny nickel. See pics of my Espresso Blake Boots. I must be the odd man out. I don't think I like brass eyelets in any context. Yes, IMO, it is true, but I'm probably the one who put that in your head to begin with. This isn't what you want to hear but... RUBBER! (Just learn to like it) Or fine, get leather. But don't say that I didn't warn you. Edit: Is a boat shoe really even a boat shoe without the boat shoe sole?