Have you looked at the Dover on Danite? Kind of like a 1 1/2 sole. BTW I agree with you regarding the feminine look of the HAF sole, however on some shoes it is not that noticeable. Also, it looks less feminine once you break the shoe in.
I do agree that the heels look high in that photo. The shoes I have with HAF soles have regular height heels however.I like double soles for specific shoes (country shoes for example) due to aesthetic reasons, and due to increased durability.