Gents - Regarding the harlech, a few points for consideration if I may: Blind eyelets can always be converted to exposed eyelets. Exposed eyelets can not be converted to blind. Speed hooks can always be converted to eyelets, however, these eyelets would then be "offset" (see alden thread for this). Dainite sole can be converted to leather sole etc after the shoes have worn down and they need to be recrafted. Someone correct me if I am mistaken but a flat welt can be converted to storm welt during the resoling process, however, storm welt can not be removed if it was there during the initial manufacture process. I know this is an expensive boot and everyone should be able to purchase whatever they want. Please know I am not telling anyone what to do or what to purchase, and I am sure most of us have a fairly descent rotation already, but I think we can find common ground on some of these areas to get to the magical 12 required for the boot. To me the main draw for the boot is the whiskey cordovan. Again, I am just highlighting these areas for discussion so we can hopefully get as many people as possible on board. As I told @Papa Doble , I am on board for exposed eyelets or blind, storm welt or flat, double leather sole or dainite, etc. As namors boot up top shows, this build can get pretty fantastic. Cheers gents and stay safe if you're in the northeast. EDIT: PLEASE SEE DW'S POST BELOW FOR SOME CLARIFICATION REGARDING THIS POST. I DEFER TO HIM ON THESE ISSUES AS HE HAS VASTLY MORE EXPERIENCE.