Originally Posted by srivats
M, why do you want to remove the eyelets? Most aldens have them on the inside from what I remember. You don't like the looks? Removing them should not be too much trouble, a good cobbler should be able to handle it - however, I am not sure it is a good thing having no eyelets (inside or outside). I love metal eyelets and I wish alden made more shoes with eyelets on the outside.
First I need to clarify that I am talking about the metal eyelets on the outside. Although I like them in general for clunkier shoes, I do have 4 Alden high boots, 3 of which are indy and one is tanker, all with metal eyelets on the outside. I may consider removing the eyelets in one of them, if that is really easy for a cobbler without damaging the leather, for a different look. I just saw the new photos of the cigar indy posted on leffot's blog, and I really liked those Indy boots without metal eyelets.