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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

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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Investment piece that will last a lifetime
By Jen, from Chicago, IL | November 24, 2013

Treated right, these boots will last you a lifetime. I'm a 9.5 and I originally ordered a 9 and could not get the boots on without wearing a plastic bag over my sock. No thank you. my normal size fit properly and has not stretched out to be too big - some heel slippage is normal for a cowboy boot. One thing to beware of - if you wear these with tights and no tall socks they will wear fuzzy marks on your tights. Their only downside!

  • Shoe Size: Felt true to size
  • Shoe Width: Felt true to width
  • Wears this shoe: All the time

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Love everything but the width
By Blubirdie, from Wild West | October 24, 2013

I want a pair of quality, timeless boots and Frye's have a good reputation for being life lasting. The styling of these is great- motorcycle without being too masculine. They would look great with jeans and skirts alike. I wear a size 10 and have 16" calves which is a challenge because many tall boots aren't big enough, but a lot of "wide calf" boots are too big. I was excited to see the Veronica offered in an extended calf option. They did fit perfectly in the calf, fitting over skinny jeans with a little room to spare. The shaft height was perfect, hitting at the widest part of my calf which tends to be the most flattering. The downside is that my feet are on the wider side and I found the toebox and footbed of these boots to be quite narrow and a little long. It's possible that the leather would stretch eventually.

  • Shoe Size: Felt half size larger than marked
  • Shoe Width: Felt narrower than marked
  • Wears this shoe: Perfect for every day wear

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