John A. Frye opened the first Frye shop in 1863 on Elm Street in Marlboro, Massachusetts. Fifteen years later, The Frye Company produced its first pair of leather boots with precision stitching and quality leather. Today, the company is still known for its leather boots and has been recognized as an original American heritage brand. The Marlboro Historical Society has even preserved that first pair of boots for posterity.
The Frye Company didn't stop there. It continued to evolve and expand over the years, all while staying true to its roots in artisan craftsmanship. The first pair of Frye cowboy boots, the Rancher, hit the shelves in the 1940s. During that same decade, many U.S. servicemen wore their Frye boots overseas — including General Patton himself. By the 1960s, Frye was making custom boots for a long list of celebrities, including First Lady Jackie Kennedy and President Nixon.
Where You've Seen Frye Shoes
In terms of style, Frye shoes are similar to brands like Nine West and Clarks. However, when it comes to quality, Frye boots stand alone. Their unparalleled quality and timeless design have allowed the brand to thrive for more than 150 years, complementing its classic offerings with new styles and collections — from the Campus Boot of the 1970s and the Engineer collection of the 1990s all the way to 21st-century collaborations with Burton, Cutler and Gross, and Anna Sui.
Even if you've never heard of The Frye Company, you're sure to have seen the brand's handiwork. Chris Evans wore a pair of Logan Cap Toe boots in pictures taken for the April 2017 issue of L'uomo Vogue, and Lady Gaga was spotted wearing both the Dara Harness Short boot and the Ray Seam Short boot in May 2016. Two different pairs of Frye sandals, the Sara Harness and the Rachel Harness, were featured in the March 2016 and May 2016 issues Harper's Bazaar, respectively.
Frye shoes have also appeared in Cosmopolitan, W, Chatelaine, Glamour, GQ, and Elle magazines. In recent years, Frye customers have included Miles Teller, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Lautner, and Vanessa Hudgens. With so many designs to choose from, it's no wonder Frye boots have been seen on so many different celebrities.
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