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The Lucchese--an example of wearable art.

You know when you walk into a Baskin-Robbins and there’s a kid ahead of you who’s looking at those 31 flavors and can’t make a decision to save his life? (And in desperation, the parent—I’ve done this—starts to suggest flavors. And when that doesn’t work, the parent starts to make threats—I’ve done this, too—“You have 30 seconds to make a choice, Ethan, or we’re leaving…”). That’s how I felt at Allen’s Boots ( in Austin, TX a few years ago. It’s the cowboy equivalent of B & R—only, instead of 31 flavors, they have something like 3,100 flavors…of boots.

It was a good overwhelmed, mind you…but it took me a couple of hours to make my selection: a pair of black, embroidered Lucchese’s that are truly a work of art. As much as I love them, though, I keep pining for some classic Frye Harness Boots: clean lines, squared-off toe, horsey-looking hardware with a definite nod to Hermes; I’ve held off thanks to the $218 price tag. (Not too pricey, but after the Lucchese’s, I had to show some restraint.) So imagine my glee when I was trolling for leftover summer flip-flops with my daughter at Target (, and stumbled upon a pair of brilliant lookalikes. Squared-off toe: check. Distressed leather: check. Horsey Hardware: check. Price: Quick–write a check.

Frye's Harness Boot--the kicker of choice for $218.

And here's the kicker: Target's Engineer Boot is $49.99.

Want to drop the price another $10? Then check out Payless ShoeSource’s faux-leather version (….

Payless ShoeSource Savannah Harness Boot--$39.90.

Any other boot partna’s out there? Mosey on over and show us what you got.…

  • lasermom

    OMG!! Ive been looking at those Frye Harness boots and was about to give in and order them tonight. I owe you a drink with the money you just saved me!

    Love you Hil!!

    October 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm
  • Christine Chen

    Frye Boots are worth the money. The fact that these are marked down are a bonus! Don’t hesitate to go Frye!

    October 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm
  • margaret

    another great entry, Hillary!! So I did purchase the Frye’s a few years ago at the Nordy sale and I love them. The Target find look spot on!! Good job:)

    October 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm
  • Stacy Flower

    Shoot! Didn’t get the boot. I have the Frye boots in black, and love them, so much so that I wanted the distressed brown ones, but couldn’t justify it. Ran to Target after reading your blog to get their version in brown, but they were already sold out. Hopefully they will have them again next year!

    November 7, 2010 at 10:15 am