I can relate to your indecision knucks. I've been looking for weeks for a boot that really catches my eye. So far it's been Frye's new Brando engineer ($240 is a lot of jack for me!) and one I found on Yoox by No.made, a company I've never heard of. Speaking of which, if someone knows anything about No.made, perhaps they could fill me in; I've googled to no avail. Unfortunately, Yoox only has a size 12 and I need an 8.5 or 9. So the search continues until I find something else, or until I can convince myself to get the Fryes because I know I won't be happy without them.
linky link to the No.mades: http://www.yoox.com/item/YOOX/NO.MAD...343N/areaid/36
As far as Docs go, I have a made-in-China pair that I bought about two or three years ago and they've held up admirably, though under admittedly light use (i.e. no ass kicking). Unfortunately, they do give off a certain vibe which only works when I'm in the mood to look like some kind of bad-ass. So I guess I'm looking for a new black boot, too.