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Frye’s American delight – The all American hero boot

The Frye Company is the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States,  founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, who ran the business for nearly 50 years until his death in 1911 and the company continued  to be family run until 1945.

When homesteading and the gold rush sparked adventurous New England families to go West ! in the mid and late 1800’s, many of these pioneers wore Frye Boots for the long journey.

During World War II, the Harness boot, which was inspired by  the American Cavalry, was worn by thousands of American servicemen and women around the world and continues today to be one of their best sellers across the global.

In the 1960’s, Frye reintroduced the Campus Boot based on its 1860’s original. The style featured 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.” The Smithsonian Institute, in their search for items to best represent 1960’s America, chose a pair of Frye Boots, which proudly remain on display today.

Each season Frye collections are a result of heritage and design and product development philosophy centered around quality. Their boots give the warm feeling of an old leather jacket or a Chesterfield couch something that you know will only get better with ages and you will love them more as they get older and more comfortable.These are not a boot company that are dictated to by trends and fads, the boots that Frye’s produce today have not changed a great deal in nearly 150 years. Frye pride themselves on the fact that it still takes 190 processes to create a pair of their boots.

Frye's Harness Boot

The Arkansas Boot

The Rand Engineer boot   


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This entry was posted on 12/04/2012 by in Style and tagged , , , , , .
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