The black full-grain leather, used to make the upper of this Georgia Logger, has a very smooth texture and is quite strong. Positioned on the tongue, Armortex fabric provides outstanding resistance to abrasions but offers enough stretch to allow the footwear to fit comfortably. While the lace-up design is terrific for adjusting the fit of these men?s work boots, you?ll also be pleased with the solid brass milled hardware because it prevents the Georgia Boot laces (they?re guaranteed for life) from being cut or torn. A brush guard kiltie has been attached to block small external items (vegetation, twigs, pebbles, mud, etc.) from entering the interior ? it?s removable!