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If it weren't excluded by that size range, I'd be in for sure. That's an incredible deal.
 It's leather. If you want to protect it, use LP. It's in the name, and it's highly recommended for 1000-mile boots.
As always, Crat, you recovered marvelously. I would probably have lost my composure (though, I've stayed cool when it was my own mistake that caused such extensive damage).
 That's a great plan. Are you going with the white ones? If you look at the pictures on Amazon, and zoom in, you can see how thick they are.
Are they firsts or seconds? Either way, I think it's a pretty insignificant issue over which to fret. A large, unsupported piece of leather like that might even have a chance of creasing during shipping. It will be hidden under your pants. It's a portion of the boot that you will slightly wrinkle and crease while wearing and storing, but if you truly aren't happy, just send them back and try again. I just don't think anyone is going to even think twice about those creases,...
 They were listed by Leather Soul as tan laces. You could contact them and see what they used. They seem to just be tan cotton laces, and I have no personal experience with exact matches to those. I can recommend two options with which I do have experience. 1.) ShoeLaceExpress flat dress laces: They're about 1/4" wide. They're reasonably priced, and only slightly elastic. They seem to hold up well, not looking ragged after a few days, and they're definitely stronger than...
 The simplest solution of which I can think would be to have a strip of leather stitched over them (on the inside). I can't take credit for coming up with that because I just noticed they're not exposed on modern Alden indy boots. Still, the pressure of tight lacing can cause pull-up leathers, like chromexcel, to temporarily change colors where the eyelets touch.
 If you need brown ones, I found these to be pretty durable, if not slightly on the thick side. They're flat, waxed cotton, and approximately 3/16" wide. http://www.amazon.com/Strong-Flat-Shoe-Laces-Brown/dp/B007BCUGWC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386104646&sr=8-1&keywords=tz+laces
 Merlot McAllister
 Congratulations. The walnut McAllister is a spectacular shoe. If you are going to need to dress up often for school, you may want to consider something dark, like a dark brown, black, or perhaps burgundy as your next shoe. You definitely made great choices, but darker shoes are, ceteris paribus, more formal. You may not need that formality, but it's something of which I think you should be aware if you end up looking for more shoes at some point.
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