The Harness Boot is a classic, steeped in American tradition. Inspired by cavalry soldiers of the Civil War, the Frye Company unveiled their classic square toed Harness Boot in the early 1960s to immediate fanfare. Many brands have followed suit with their own versions of the Harness Boot - from pretty rough and tumble silhouettes to those that are anything but "utilitarian". What defines the laceless style is the classic rivited three strapped, two "O" ringed harness, but otherwise (height, toe shape, heel style, pull-on vs. zip)... anything goes really. An interesting side note - popularity of the style appears to ebb & flow in near direct correlation with the winds of political discourse, reaching near fever pitch levels of consumer interest during times of significant political unrest & motivated social justice activism. I could speak further on why that is or when consumption spikes have occurred over time, but let's just leave it at... we considered the current state of world affairs when settling on the style for our latest limited release.