My first pair of shell last year were some NOS (decades-old) black Leeds on eBay for $125. I still wear them whenever black bluchers are called for, which unfortunately isn't very often -- usually weekends with jeans. That said, I can't imagine a better shoe to have in black shell. The material is showcased nicely on the expanse of unadorned plain toe.
On another note, I just finished taking advantage of the RDA sale on an MTO Bayfield for casual use with a heavy lugged sole, split reverse buff welt, and tan Dublin leather. Kind of a Frankenshoe (lighter leather, unadorned captoe, lugged sole) but it'll slot nicely into my business-casual and weekend attire, especially after I pick up a matching belt and some nicer denim.
That boot sounds awesome! I cannot wait to see it