I'm going to be using this as a tote bag for school, as well as an every day bag. I also plan on cinching the sides in when using it as a handbag. I just love both prints and can't decide which one I should go with. I have a Speedy 30 in mono and I found myself having to be very careful with it the first few months of use to help it patina evenly. Which do you prefer? Are the shoulder straps painful to use on the DE at first and do they loosen up? Also, for those who have the GM in DE, have you ever had issues with cracking on the leather piping/handles?