My husband often worked hard helping with chores at his family home and on other ranches in the Napa/Solano region. Much of the work was outdoors and involved clearing brush, stringing cattle fences or removing hazards from areas cattle were penned. It was often hot dirty and dangerous work. The area is home to our western rattler and other biting critters, including the occasional rabid skunk.
Good sturdy boots were needed to safely work the long hours out there, without getting injured. When we first married, he asked if I'd like to come help him do his chores and of course, Froggy happily agreed, not yet realizing just how difficult it would be. So, off we went to buy me some good safe boots.The pair we bought were made by the John A Frye Co, the United States oldest bootmakers. Not only were these boots amazingly comfortable, they were sturdy and extremely good looking. I still love the things, because they simply never wear out.
The leather actually gets more lovely with age and wear, breaking down just enough to get buttery soft. The good leather soles hold up extremely well with extended use and required resoling every 8 years or so. Cleanup involves brushing loose dirt away and using saddle soap after each wearing.
There are no zippers, these boots pull on easily by grasping the leather tabs just inside the collar of the shoe. They never feel hot on your feet thanks to the high quality leathers used. And the low sturdy heel provides good stability when walking over uneven ground. A baby rattler struck at my ankle, but it never came close to penetrating the leather, saving me a painful trip to the ER. They are also excellent riding boots for running cattle, herding sheep or simply riding the terrain.
These are not fashion boots, but are strictly for serious outdoor riding or work. They will last you forever, justifying the high price. A price well worth paying in both safety and comfort.