Say Frye and what typically jumps to mind is the bulky toed, chunky heeled Campus boot - based on an 1860s original - that actually ended up on display in the Smithsonian Institute as an iconic item representative of America during that period.
Founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, a shoemaker from England who ran the business for 50 years until his death in 1911, Frye is the oldest continuously-operated shoe company in the US. Soldiers in the American Civil War & the Spanish-American wore Frye, as did Teddy Roosevelt & his Rough Riders. Pioneers headed West in them in the late 1800s, and well into the second World War, Frye could be found on the feet of many US servicemen - including General Patton.
Not surprisingly, the quality is fabulous, however, until recently, the styling was less than fashionista-ready. Their new gorge, 4" Liv Cuff boots, however, are make for walkin', struttin' and just plain being fierce.
Available at FryeBoots.com.
- Lesley Scott