I ended up buying this boot for my 14yr old daughter after convincing myself that I was right and she was wrong. Being of a certain age and remembering the days when I was at school in the late 70's when it was all the rage to have black or oxblood AirWair. I remember the competition of who could get away with the boot with the most lace holes on it (the school rule was 8) and had it fixed in my mind that the 12 hole was the biggest. When my daughter started going on about a 16 hole pair I stupidly said " I bet you the price of these that I am right".
£120 later and a rather smug daughter has a truly lovely pair of boots.
Lesson to self - Gambling is for fools and despite the age and experience you can be wrong.