That picture is exactly whi I wear the Oxtar Evo TCS's. Not all motorcycle boots are created equal. If you're going to spend the money, you may as well get a pair that are designed to protect against more than just road rash.
The TCS stands for "Torsion Control System", an Oxtar-patented design that helps to limit the amount of flex that the ankle can sustain in both the longitudinal (front-to-back) and lateral (side-to-side) planes. TCS has been cleverly designed to also act as a sort of exoskeleton, like a crab's shell, around the back of the ankle.
This effectively provides additional mechanical support and extra protection against abrasion, due to the added reinforcement built in to the TCS structure itself.
Oxtar's all-out race boot, the TCS Evo Ti, also adds the "Metatarsal Control System", or MCS, to the sole. The metatarsal area is the forefoot, or basically the area from the ankle forward. The MCS system prevents the sole of the boot from flexing too much in either the longitudinal or lateral planes. Grab the toe of the TCS Evo Ti boot and you'll find that it's very hard to flex the sole in any direction
The boots have a variety of other added protective layers on the outside, including shift pads on both the left and right boot; replaceable toe sliders and replaceable shin padding on the upper portion of the boot. The flex areas have accordion-like segments, which provide a comfortable fit.
Oxtar boots are made by Jolly Scarpe S.p.a., whose headquarters are in Montebelluna, Italy. Jolly Scarpe was founded in 1982, and they manufacture boots and shoes for mountain climbing, military, fire fighting and police use.
They also custom manufacture motorcycle boots for Dainese, Hein Gericke, BMW and Triumph. Oxtar boots are constructed on lasts, which is the process used for high-quality street shoes, and usually provides a better fit.
And to stay on topic with the original post, Oxtar also has a line of motorcycle boots designed specifically for women, using special lasts.
By the way, Oxtar boots are used by many of the best motorcycle racers in the world. Riders like AMA star Jake Zemke, World Superbike riders Frankie Chili and Gregorio Lavilla, and MotoGP riders Shinya Nakano, Norick Abe, Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus.
I have no interest in this company, I'm just a devoted fan and customer...