There seem to be plenty of photos here of black chromexcel SDs, so I'll just add a few. These are breaking in really nicely.
I got lucky in finding some rust colored leather laces at my local cobbler. The laces bring out the reddish tone in the sole edges, and look very good to my eye. Generally, the boots are becoming quite comfortable.
As of this writing I would not say that they have an arch in any meaningful sense of the word. What they actually have is a sharp drop-off where the heel meets the midsole. This places pressure on the lateral side of the bottom of the foot, but doesn't do anything on the medial side (the arch) the way, say, a Birkenstock does. The boots are comfortable, and I suppose my arch is at "ease" but not because there is an arch-shaped piece of leather supporting it. I'll be interested in how the fit evolves.
I've had a few compliments, and I enjoy that a lot.
I am curious if anybody has had any positive experience with half slips or double midsoles. I have to confess, I'm not clear on exactly what a half slip does.