A newyorkranger picture of the Pembrokes, for anyone unfamiliar with them:
What do you guys suggest? I don't have a burgundy shoe at the moment.
^ Cat's Paw. I believe they went out of business, and were acquired by Biltrite.
Mike at Epaulet is selling a pretty awesome Yuketen boot with Cat's Paw/Biltrite soles/heels, and you can see from the detail that they have recessed grooving. Lower profile options from them, I believe, still do exist. You'd have to find a cobbler who had them in stock, or could source them.
Example of Yuketen boot with Cat's Paw/Biltrite heel/sole here: http://www.epauletshop.com/servlet/the-1225/Lace-To-Toe-Boot/Detail