Top-drawer, Tom. The mac's looking nice! London All-Stars there.
Tel's b-day I presume? We chatted back and forth t'other day. Gotta get over there again and get a ruby and a couple scoops in with you gents.
All this talk of Air wair, etc: I have a pair of oxblood 6-eye Solovair Hawkins, wear them traveling, walking, gigs, out to bars, etc. Although I wear them less than brogues, smooths, and loafers these days, I've had them for about four years and the wear has been considerably minor. My only qualm is that a grommet has come out near the arch.
Solovair boots wear much better than DM's-- though I haven't worn any MiE's since my first pair(,from when they still WERE ALL made in England).
The boot of choice in my mob was the 6 eyelet. We didn't go for the higher boot nonsense or steel toe caps. Back then a lot of running took place so a low lightweight boot was best. We didn't hang about street corners and I used shoes for pubs and dancehalls. I had a pair of officer boots that were higher but didn't wear them much. The early MIE air wair soles seemed more bouncy to me than later versions but that might be my memory playing tricks.