I think this comment absurd: "Ugly good shoe is better than beautiful bad shoe IMO." You should be searching for a beautiful good shoe, if I am to adopt your terms. And I think most would concede there are several other shell models from C&J that are far better looking than these.
Also, I would be surprised to see this shoe below $425 whether at DSW, Ralph Lauren, or some other discount/retail establishment. Call me conservative, but I don't believe such a price to be a deal, even for ugly shell shoes.