Voting now, have 2 questions:
1) What's the difference between 360 and flat welt?
2) Why does it seem that so many are opposed to speed lacing? Seems a lot easier to slip on/off. Am I missing something?
Well a 360 degree welt means it goes all the way around the shoe/boot like this:
This boot is also a flat welt.
A close heel welt looks like this and can also be flat:
There is also a reverse welt which has a piece of leather on the upper of the shoe that extends from the welt but there was not much interest in that welt from user input. If there is interest please PM me and I can take your say into account.
It depends on whether or not it is a full 360 welt or a close heel welt. If it is a 360 welt then yes it goes all the way around. If close heel, then no, the welt will stop at the heel. I guess I should have added the reverse welt to the poll as well because without it there the "flat welt" choice is redundant. If you want a reverse welt please post or PM me and let me know. I'm really trying to help put together the best boot possible for everyone, there are just tons of options and variations that are hard to keep track of.