Part of the charm, but this is what every traditional shoemaker has argued with me about when we are designing these things.That bag is the best cool to price ratio that you are going to get. Plus, it is durable and well engineered to boot. Get it.
The Common Projects "workboot" chelsea is much closer in shape to the Epaulet one, but it appears to be a welted boot, as opposed to a simple stitchdown.
I'm interested in comparing the two. Might pick up a pair for research.