This whole page of images is making Treeston cry.
Try a flat texture and see what happens ("Interface\\Buttons\\WHITE8x8").
I've never liked Lifestep and I don't think it looks good in your last SS; that texture is awful, nothing to do with your setup.
Try nearly anything else if you don't want a flat texture, but I thinkg Lifestep looks outrageously bad,. I'd take your last texture instead of Lifestep hands down.