You are correct in that you wont find a lot of love for Steve Madden here. That being said, those aren't awful and would look fine with jeans. Another option is Mr. B's by Aldo. There is a thread on some different boots right now, but I think they have a chukka for $150. It looks pretty similar, but I'm guessing the construction is better. Another good option, IMO, would be Clarks Desert Boots in Beeswax.