Literally just got off the phone with her. I'm going for the dressy look with mine. I went with:
flat black welt
brown transparent edge
double butyl sole
black speed hooks
Jeez, I'm starting to fit in around here! I literally had no idea what any of this meant as of one month ago...
Sounds like with brown CXL you're going slightly more casual. If I were you, I'd go butyle sole - I like the leather over rubber. Not worried about the elements. If I'm going to wear them, I'm going to WEAR them. Go with what makes you comfortable for the color too. Brown if it makes you happy. Speed hooks, not sure what to say there without seeing the colors.
I think this is gonna be awesome. My nature was telling me to do something very close but the only way I could justify this to the GF was that my Daltons are not good enough to take the winter. Can't wait to see these done.