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Frye


The Frye Company is the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States. The Company was founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, a well to do shoemaker from England. John A. Frye ran the business for nearly 50 years. After his death in 1911, his family continued to run the company until 1945. Frye products have a long and illustrious history; Frye boots were worn by soldiers for both sides of America's Civil War, soldiers in the Spanish- American war, and for Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. When home-steading drew adventurous New England families to the West during the mid and late 1800's many of the pioneers wore Frye Boots for the long journey. In 1938, on a trip to Washington, D.C., John A. Frye's grandson and namesake met a U.S. Navy Admiral who confided that he had trouble finding the Wellington style he liked so much. As a favor, John agreed to make him a pair. Frye continued to fill requests for these boots through the second World War. During World War II, Frye supplied thousands of servicemen with Frye's Wellingtons, known as Jet Boots, by mail order. Jet Boots traveled the world on feet of U.S. servicemen during the war. Even General Patton wore a pair. In the 1960's, Frye reintroduced the Campus Boot, from its 1860 original, featuring a bulky toe and chunky heel that came to epitomize the attitude and the style of the 60's and 70's. There was nothing like the "new" Frye Boot on the market, and consumers began to demand "Original Frye's." When searching for items to represent the America of the 60's, the Smithsonian Institute chose a pair of Frye Boots, which remain on display today. Today Frye's classic Harness Boot holds a place in American culture. The Harness Boot has been pictured in fashion spreads internationally and enjoys strong sales in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Reviews

Not Good
By Jay, from Ashley, MI | May 23, 2014

1) Likes: Absolutely Gorgeous 2) Dislikes, The Most Uncomfortable Boot I've Worn. 3) Reason For Buying, I Had A Pair Of These Boots In 1979, Never Had A Better Boot In My Life! I Wore Dingo Prier To Fry, Good Boot, But Not Even Close To Fry Comfort, Or Durability. Things Have Changed, These Boots Are The Most Uncomfortable Boots/Shoes I've had On My Feet!

  • Shoe Size: Felt true to size
  • Shoe Width: Felt narrower than marked
  • Wears this shoe: Try Every Day, Even Bought Boot Streachers.

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Love them!
By Ruthie, from Melbourne, Australia | May 21, 2014

I'm really happy with these boots. I have been looking for ages for a pair of really 'plain' boots. I fell in love with Frye but unfortunately they don't sell in Australia. The boots were delivered in record time - only 3 days, I was very impressed! The boots themselves fit nicely. I usually take a size 9 however I went half a size up (9.5) as a 'just in case'. They boots are a tiny bit big for my size 9 foot (so I guess you could say they are 'true to size'), however nothing that thick winter socks can't fix! My main concern with purchasing boots online which I hadn't ever tried on was the width in the calf - however luckily the boots fit perfectly! I would say my calves are average size (which generally means that a lot of normal boots don't fit), so I was pleasantly surprised that these did!My only two complaints about the boots are: 1. The heels seem to stick out a bit which gives the boots a bit of a country look. I couldn't really see this on any photos on this website (or the Frye website for that fact). Maybe I'm just really picky! But it's not bad enough for me to not wear them! 2. I was really disappointed that the inside of the upper part of the boot isn't lined. It's just pure leather. It makes it really hard to pull the boots over jeans as the jeans just cling to the inside of the boot. Overall - I love the boots!

  • Shoe Size: Felt true to size
  • Shoe Width: Felt true to width
  • Wears this shoe: All the time! Dress them up or dress them down!

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Frye engineer boot review
By Veronica A, from Fayetteville, NC | January 05, 2014

I love all the Frye boots, however, most of them are hard to pull on. My friends don't buy them anymore due to the difficulties of trying to pull them on.

  • Shoe Size: Felt true to size
  • Shoe Width: Felt true to width
  • Wears this shoe: To work in the winter.

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Love this Boot!
By CPA, from Powdersville, SC | December 12, 2013

Bought the burnt red while in Charleston SC on vacation - wore immediately out of the shop. These are the most comfortable boots, the leather is so soft. Zipper up the back makes it easy to get on and off and the quality is great. Would buy this same boot again!

  • Shoe Size: Felt true to size
  • Shoe Width: Felt true to width
  • Wears this shoe: Have worn with jeans out and about and have worn with a skirt at work

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Frye boots *****
By BJ, from California | December 03, 2013

I splurged & treated myself to these boots and LOVE them!!! They are very comfortable; no problem getting them on (I think somebody else commented that they were hard to get on); look very classy - I'm getting lots of compliments on them!

  • Shoe Size: Felt true to size
  • Shoe Width: Felt true to width
  • Wears this shoe: Work & leisure.

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