I've been looking for a decent boot for a long time that is not too formal, but doesn't look like it has steel caps. Frye boots are always great, and these lace ups are awesome. A nice, comfy fit out of the box (adjust down half a size; I wear a 12 and fit a Frye 11½), the leather is soft and supple, yet sturdy enough to make me feel like I will have them for a long time. I like the fact that the heel is smaller than most Frye boots I have tried - big heels on guys boots? I dunno. They look great, they feel great, and are so much nicer than anything else I have seen out there.
These are my favorite boots. I am a boot-a-holic and have lusted over these for two years, so I was uber stoked when zappos got them in again. The sizing is very true unlike most fryes and the comfort is top notch. I can't say enough about how good looking these boots are. It's Zappos so you know the service and shipping was steller.
The ratio of quality to price here is extremely poor. I sent them back to Frye twice, once for the outer sole coming undone, the second time because the pull strap on the back tore, exposing the lining. This is after putting perhaps five miles on the boots, as they are used primarily for motorcycle riding, two to three times per week. Shipping them back to Frye was not free, as it is with Zappos. Customer service at Frye has been very average, with most of the effort to have them repaired coming from me. The second time, I told them I wanted to exchange them for the logging boots. I still have not received them, however, despite being told several days ago that they would be overnight shipped. I have certainly learned my lesson here with. You do not always get what you pay for; sometimes you get substantially less.