Were you thinking of pinking on the wing, or leaving the edge of the wing smooth like on the U-wing brogue. I'm in favor of no pinking to keep it more like the U-wing brogue with the medallion you photoshopped.
I noticed this when comparing Vass boots to Alden, the Vass boots looked significantly taller. Would be nice if Vass offered a price difference for their Ankle, mid range, and high boots. Would love some shell boots, but don't need them going up so high.
The navy shell wholecut is available from their online store for 525€ ($708), plus they're currently offering free worldwide shipping. The downside is you might get hit with importing fees, so leatherfoot might be a better option for $850. I don't think you're gonna find a cheaper offering than what's readily available.