The boot of choice in my mob was the 6 eyelet. We didn't go for the higher boot nonsense or steel toe caps. Back then a lot of running took place so a low lightweight boot was best. We didn't hang about street corners and I used shoes for pubs and dancehalls. I had a pair of officer boots that were higher but didn't wear them much. The early MIE air wair soles seemed more bouncy to me than later versions but that might be my memory playing tricks.