Sounds more like you don't play duel at all and you are not interested on making a slightly decent team for it. Instead of complaining and caling it bad design you should start building your team like everybody else and get the rewards for your efforts like all the other thousands of F2P or Whales that got this item. F2P here. i have 2 pairs of shoes and i don't even have a lv99 Orlandu.
I agree with the first reply. There's a reason why this accessory was put behind such a gate: It's incredibly powerful and universally useful. It's only fitting that you really need to put in WORK to get it.
As for matching up against whales, sure they'll farm it faster. But you still get medals even if you lose. It's a long grind but it'll all be worth it.
I'm F2P though since I already have the "exp" while playing the JP version I know what to pull, what to build as a team however right now since alot of people re-rolled/pulled for FFT banner Orlandeau is pretty much common in Match Battles. A Lv.99 Mont/Kitone/Aileen will suffice but when Lucia gets released the meta will change. Your best bet will be your skill and placement.