So, in my usual way, I sought out some alternatives. None seem to have the two-tone coolness, but at under $300, these other options do just fine without it.
Madewell "Almanac" Boot, $248
Matiko "Chelsea" Bootie, $215
Lovely options, right?
However, make no mistake - my favorite, must have, all-encompassing loveliness belongs to the Frye Dorado tall riding boot...at $458, an investment, but so perfect. No bells, no whistles, no trends...just tall, nice leather that goes with everything.