I love the Giffords in brown shell.
I tried them on in the SF RL store a while back and they look much better on the feet (the shots posted above aren't very flattering). They're not as versatile as the McCallum's, which can be dressed up or down, but they're a great, tough casual boot. They look terrific with indigo jeans.
$1000 is ridiculous, but $500 seems reasonable to me. I would have bought them and worn them happily if I'd had the dough.