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Reviewer: Kerry Doyle
from United States
I've been wanting these boots FOREVER... I finally went for it! They are really cute in person but the quality doesn't seem to be what it used to be 10 - 15 years ago. The leather is very stiff and the sole is separated where the rubber and leather meet... I don't think the old style soles did that. Also the first time I wore them out I got HUGE blisters on both heels... I was in pain and hobbling around (quite embarrassing). I can see these are going to take some time to break in but they will be worth the pain and suffering. ;)
These boots fit amazing and looked great. I have narrow, small feet, with very high arches, so boots can be tricky for me. I loved everything about them until massive holes formed around the toes within three months. I only wore them to work frequently, but I work in a spa so that is hardly distressing. I was so disappointed, as these are the most comfortable boots that I have ever owned (also, the most expensive). They really did not live up to their reputation. I hope my local cobbler can fix them to last. The last time I had to go to the cobbler was for a pair of Dr. Martens that were 10 years old. A comfortable, stylish letdown.
So bummed I read the reviews some people said they run big some said small so I stuck with my normal size 8 but alas the right one is tight in the toe width. My feet are fairly narrow so I suggest most people order a 1/2 size up. I got the smoke color by the way, as the picture shows they are brown not grey (I heard some complaints in that arena so FYI). They look very close to the picture, a little darker than shown but nothing drastic. Anyway I love them but will have to exchange for a half size up otherwise I'll be dying by the time my sister's country wedding is over. They will also need a few days wearing as they are quite stiff. The bottoms are just fine for me on my hard wood floors so I don't know why people were saying they are slippery. Definitely going to be worth the big price once I get the size right & break them in a little.
The Frye Company was founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, a shoemaker from England. 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-America war, and for Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. Many New England families during the mid and late 1800's wore Frye boots as they pioneered across the country to the West.
Frye's current Harness Boots are rooted in tradition and continue to draw influence from the Cavalry. Today the classic Harness Boot holds a place in American culture. The Frye Harness Boot has been pictured in fashion spreads internationally. 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 boots 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 Wellington boots, known as Jet Boots, by mail order.
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 these "new" Frye Boots on the market, and consumers began to demand "Original Fryes." When searching for items to represent the America of the 60's, the Smithsonian Institute chose a pair of Frye Boots. The quality of all Frye shoes is timeless. For almost 150 years, Frye leather products have continued to be benchcrafted from the finest full grain leather uppers. It takes over 190 steps to make one pair of Frye boots. Frye remains dedicated to the commitment of craftsmanship for which Frye boots and Frye shoes have been known for more than 100 years.