I though exactly the same thing. In fact, I have wanted whiskey tankers for so long I began wondering if it would be possible to reverse engineer the bag into a pair of boots.
Haha love it.
The laces are from Benjo's (http://benjos.com/) and they happen to have a coupon out right now for FREE SHIPPING: YAHFREESHP
I can't stress enough how awesome they are to deal with plus the laces are made in the USA!
It's a shame they don't make black or brown versions...
If you need brown ones, I found these to be pretty durable, if not slightly on the thick side. They're flat, waxed cotton, and approximately 3/16" wide.
This could be a nice little primer for the folks that come on and ask general questions about Alden.
Nicely done by Need Supply:
Personally I think this should be a sticky at the top of the thread but who am I?