Sample Derby up on Instagram
this is a common feature on taller workboots and the like. it actually makes lacing faster. you leave the laces in the d-hooks or eyelets at the top and just twist the laces over the speedhooks. it's what I do with my whites, and i wish my two pairs of danner hikers had it.
So I was in Victoria for a week and even though I currently have a pair of White's on order, a 3rd visit to Viberg proved to be fatal.
These Service boots are built on a 2030 last and are a size UK 9.5 - one full size (at least) smaller than my North American size.
The top down pic is a pretty accurate depiction of the toe shape.
In black CXL with Dainite soles, these aren't anything out of the norm for denizens of this forum, but to me they are things of rare beauty.