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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 Wellington 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 JetBoots, 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.
Latest Frye Reviews
Absolute DREAM of a handbag. I have never been a small purse person, but I don't like walking around with a suitcase, either. This bag is perfect for me. Well made, made to last, and the leather ages beautifully.
I love Frye boots! They are so comfortable and look great. I have the veronica boots in the tall and short. These boots look great with jeans, shorts, dresses and pretty much everything. I did find this boot to run a little small. Usually I wear an 8, and have other Frye styles in an 8, but had to size up to an 8.5.
Reviewer: Jana Simo
from Houston, TX
Another great pair of Fryes. The leather on these is super soft, and the coloring on the camel is beautiful. Like oxfords, but a little something different as slip-ons: like a cross between oxfords and loafers. I will wear these for years. They may run a little narrower than is typical - I have narrow feet and they fit me fine. If you have wider feet, they may stretch to fit after some wear.