Founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, the Frye Company today is the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States.
With Frye boots worn by both sides in the American Civil War, by soldiers in the Spanish-American war and by many pioneers discovering the American West, it’s no wonder that the Smithsonian Institution chose a pair of Frye boots when searching for items to represent 1860s America. In the 20th century Frye’s ‘Jet Boots’ featured on the feet of many US servicemen during World War II and Frye’s ‘Campus Boot’, with its chunky heel and bulky toe, came to epitomise the attitude and style of the 1960s.
Today, Frye’s Cavalry, Harness and Campus boots enjoy strong sales around the world. All are based closely on their 1860 originals. Frye shoes include casuals, loafers, boat shoes, sandals and sneakers (available at Landmark from Spring 2012).
Frye aim to make the best-looking, hardest-wearing, most durable shoes and leather goods. You can see the Frye boot and Frye shoe ranges for both men and women at Landmark in Marlow.