Maybe I read into the stylistic choices made too much here, but I think its perfect. The boot itself is both elegant and rugged at the same time (elegance being an all eyelet in shell on a fairly conservative shape and the ruggedness coming from the brogued cap toe and the back pull tab) so the sole matches that in my mind.
fair enough, I was speaking more in pure practical terms, which to me is the real/true purpose of the commando sole - making the boot non slippery and durable on snow and ice and water. it's the "non smoothiness" of the commando sole which really helps in these situations. so I would think the true benefit comes when you have both the heel and forefront in grooved commando.
I also think you should try to darken the edges the contrast is too much for me, but horses for courses