Thursday, January 31, 2013

Frye Boots - An American Institution

Who is the Frye boot company? I have heard of Frye boots, but didn’t know a lot about them. Since I considering buying boots for a few people this year as gifts, I thought I should look into it farther.

The oldest shoe company under continuous operation in the United States, Frye boot company was founded in the mid 19th century. The founder, John Frye was actually a shoemaker that had immigrated to the United States from England. He ran the Frye boot company for 50 years before his family took over upon his death.

The Frye boots themselves have a great history. During the Civil War, many of the soldiers on both sides wore them. They were also on the feet of soldiers in the Spanish-American war as well as Rough Riders led by Teddy Roosevelt. Many pioneers heading west for a better life during the late 1800’s wore Frye boots as well.

Today, Frye boots are still known for quality. Their Harness Boots have a wonderful history in themselves. In 1938, the grandson of Frye boot’s founder took a trip to Washington D.C. There, he bet a Naval Admiral who was explaining to him that he had trouble finding the style of boot he liked really well, the Wellington. John agreed that he would make him a pair. Eventually they were given the name of Jet Boots and were ordered by mail by soldiers all the way through the second World War.

By the time the 1960’s rolled around, Frye boots were ready to introduce something new. The Campus Boot had a bulky toe and clunky style that was a big part of the style of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In fact, a pair of Frye boots was chosen for the Smithsonian to represent the America of 60’s. They still remain on display there.

Even today, Frye boots are a huge success and a part of the culture of America. Their signature boot, the Harness Boot, ahs been seen in a number of international fashion spreads. In addition, their boots sell well in not only the United States, but also in Europe and Japan.

So for those in the market for boots, Frye boots are one of the first to check out. With a tradition so long and so steeped in the culture of the United States, Frye boots are almost an institution. Only a product high on quality and durability could maintain such a foothold on the boot market []. I know that for my boot needs I will be checking out Frye boots, and you probably should as well.


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