Upon further Internet research, I came upon the same boots, listed for full retail price on Steve Madden's site, on sale for 40% off at Nordstrom. "Hooray," I thought. Only, I wanted both the tan and black pairs, but Nordy's didn't have them in my size.
I decided to take a shot in the dark and talk to an online chat on Steve Madden's site to see if they would price match. And they did.
Sure, I had to pay the $7.95 in shipping, because they wouldn't combine a promo with the matched price, but I was more than happy to pay for the shipping when I was saving 40% on two pairs of boots!
Now I have new winter boots (hoping I love them in person) and extra cashflow - can't beat that.
Happy shopping (and Friday, and holiday weekend, which means Labor Day sales galore)!