I wore the black shelltoe highs, and for about 2 days, I couldn't figure out why they didn't feel quite right. Then, I realized that they had black laces in, which is just a bit too much black. Changed them out for white laces, and like them much more. Now, I am pretty much literally wearing my uniform of Chucks and jeans, except that all my jeans cost about 2x the price they used to, and the "Chucks" retail for literally 10x as much as actual Chucks. They are nice though, and I didn't pay anywhere near retail.