Well said. I share your POV, too.
The recent Leffot #8 LWB w/ antique edge were pictured w/ reverse welts, but somehow Alden made the larger sizes w/ the flat welt. I ended up returning mine due to the difference. On the one hand, a minor element in an all around gorgeous make up. On the other, for a nearly $650 shoe, I want the details to be right (for me) and I just don't love the flat welt on the LWBs.
For some reason, it looks different to my eye on boots, though. Maybe that's just me...
re: on boots, you've got something there. I notice that on my shoes, I prefer the storm welt but on boots, I think the regular welt looks better, especially if paired with cordovan and a leather soul. Perhaps since a boot already looks rugged, the flat welt smooths out the appearance when paired with shiny cordovan? Having said this, I really like the way the storm welt looks on the Ravello Wing Tip boots from Shoemart.
Always amazing to me how small details make such a large impression in the way we perceive the look of our shoes.