Aye, the Scottish highlands may have spawned this Frye Dorado Packer Lace Up Boot and it has a bit of kiltie fringe over the toe to prove it. The beautifully burnished antiqued leather upper in Black, Dark Brown or Tan has a classic lace up design with metal eyelets and some speed lacers for a close fit. A leather tab at the back of the 7 3/4 inch shaft aids with pull on. A feel-good soft lining and some cushioning in the footbed add comfort. The leather outsole grounded with a rubber lug sole and stacked leather heel with rubber heel tap provide durability and long wear. A no-nonsense yet stylish number for a retail price of around $398.
You can tromp through more than heather in the highlands in the Frye Dorado Packer Lace Up Boot. There are lots more styles to see and compare in this ankle boot catagory. Check these out:
Frye Carson Lace Up Boot:
This vintage look makes me think of Little House on the Prairie. A very soft, antiqued leather upper has a slightly distressed look giving it that worn before air. This traditional lace-up has a pull-on tab at the back and debossed logo detail on the tongue and heel. Smooth leather lining and cushy leather footbed feel oh-so-good. The durable leather outsole and 1 1/2 inch heel complete the look. This boot is offered in eight up-to-date colors for some fun matching. A must have for around $248 retail price.
Frye Sabrina Lace Up Boot:
The classic work boot made mod with four fashion-conscious colors: Burnt Red, Clay, Grey and Walnut. The smooth leather has a muted, roughed up finish for an added style twist. This front lace up comes with contrasting color laces just for fun. A sleek leather lining and cushioning under the foot feel wonderful. There is a rugged lugged rubber outsole and a stacked 2 1/4 inch block heel for a height boost. Tell your old favorites to move over, there is a new boot in town for a retail price of around $248.
Vintage Shoe Company Lilly Chukka Lace Up Boot:
History says this ankle boot was king of the polo fields in the 1800s until the 1950s when fashionistas adopted the look. All the traditional characteristics are here: lace up, top stitching, pull on tab, almond toe. The Fontera leather upper is handcrafted for an aged, time-worn look. You get a choice of Stone Suede or a funky Tobacco Leather and White Canvas two-tone. The moisture wicking leather lining allows feet to breath in comfort. A durable but flexible leather and rubber outsole and stacked 1 inch heel will last through all your trekking. You may have this for around $265 retail price.
You need at least one hardy ankle boot in your closet like the Frye Dorado Packer Boot and/or one of these others described here. If you order online the pricing could be better than the retail shown. In most cases the shipping is free, too.