Get the color 8 version. It's a makeup that really shows it off. I'd save black for a dressier boot model like a captoe - DC's on Grant or the AOC version on Barrie. Or a Leffot naval boot. I think you want the color 8 and just kind of feel like you are supposed to throw a black boot in. I don't think this is the time though.
I agree. Black conceals the design a little bit. I prefer black on simple designs. That said I do see a Black LWB someday in my future. :-)