Yuck, I see what you mean about boots with no heel. Also, if that is the same color in that pic, I'd go honey sole 100%.
When I tried on my blakes I didn't even lace the top eyelets because it didn't seem necessary, the second to top seemed high enough, if that helps at all. I guess its more of a testament to how well they fit on my feet. (that I didn't have to compensate by tying them tight around my ankle)
Also, I have to add. Rancourt sure is good at coming up with creative new combinations of the same old variables. (like the eyelets and laces in that pic)
What color stitching are you thinking for the upper? I think those in the pic above look too one-dimensional with matching stitching. I asked for white on mine, which would have balanced out the darkness of the espresso, but as you know, they forgot that part of my design, thus the boots went back.