Thrifty Thursday: You want Fryes with that?

Frye boots. They’ve been around since 1863, celebrities wear them, and they’re pricey. Did you know that Frye is the oldest continuously operating footwear brand in America? They are also one of the few shoe companies who still continue to make products here in America. Their boots were worn by pioneers and cowboys in the late 1800s, American soldiers at war, and recently “as part of the celebration of life and music” (The Frye Company, 2012). Even Teddy Roosevelt wore them. (Just an FYI, Frye does make a number of products in America, but also makes products overseas as well.) To find out more about the history of The Frye Company, visit their company website.

So who’s wearing Frye boots? Everyone.

Anne Hathaway and Miley Cyrus are wearing the Engineer 12R ($238) (pictured at bottom in Charcoal), Julianne Hough wore the Taylor Pull On ($378) in the Footloose remake (pictured at bottom in Burnt Red), Leighton Meester wore the Dorado Riding ($458) in Gossip Girl (pictured at bottom in Black), Ashley Tisdale and Vanessa Minnillo are wearing the Veronica Slouch ($468) (pictured at bottom in Black/Gold).

Julianne Hough gushed about wearing her boots during the filming of Footloose: “They were so comfortable…way better than ballroom shoes.” Wouldn’t be nice if we could all afford a pair of $400+ leather boots? For this week’s Thrifty Thursday, I have made it my mission to help you get the look…for less. This was actually inspired by a Facebook wall convo I saw between my friends Rebecca and Brooke, and a pair of boots I saw at Old Navy for way cheap!



Let’s start with the Engineer 12R ($238). They have a sloping, split collar and broad front strap, paying tribute to the “labors of generations past” (The Frye Company, 2012). Note the pair of forged buckles. These are basically very similar to a motorcycle boot or other working boot. Check out these four thrifty alternatives:

Large photo on left: Frye Engineer 12R ($238); small photos from top to bottom: ZiGiny Women’s Tricky Boot ($129.95), Chinese Laundry Women’s Riding Hood Ankle Boot ($69.95), Bandolino Women’s Tuvo Bootie ($89), AK Anne Klein Women’s Laski Bootie ($79.98).



The Taylor Pull On ($378) is a traditional western-inspired boot with a 12″ shaft height and a 3″ heel. It’s western-looking enough without going full-out cowboy. Look for western boots in your search.

Large photo on left: Taylor Pull On ($378); small photos from top to bottom: Stetson Women’s Aidan Knee-High Boot ($229.99), BC Footwear Women’s Bee In Your Bonnet Boot  ($99.95), Roper Women’s 1556 Western Boot ($43.29-$77.99), Kelsi Dagger Women’s Frisco Boot (139).



Now we move on to the Dorado Riding Boot ($458). This beautiful boot features equestrian styling, slim brass buckled straps, and a trim profile. Look for riding boots in your search.

Large photo on left: Dorado Riding Boot ($458); small photos from top to bottom: Very Volatile Women’s Wicker Riding Boot ($79.99), Annie Shoes Women’s Tracker Boot ($79.95), Aerosoles Ride Line Boots ($120), Ivanka Trump Women’s Apia Riding Boot ($195.75).



Last but not least, we take a look at the Veronica Slouch ($468). To me, it’s essentially a combination motorcycle/riding boot with a slightly slouchy silhouette and adjustable buckles. Look for a relaxed fit boot with buckles.



So there you have it. Frye boots. They’ve been around for a century and a half, were worn by cowboys and celebrities alike, and now you can get the look too for less.


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