ACK! So you bought the shoes I've been eyeing for the past year. haha. (I hesitated because I didn't want to pay the ridiculous import duties and carrier fees, regardless of the sale. Ohhhhhhhh, well. :) )
The 68 Pachena Bay hiker available on Workboot.com is better than any other Fashion make-up Viberg has made for almost twice the price.
But I'd agree, buying a domestically-made boot with all the necessary bells and whistles to get you through a messy winter at a fraction of the cost is definitely a "smarter" choice.