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The Frye Boot | An American Classic

frye regina wedge back zip

While I was having my hair cut in Georgetown this week, my stylist mentioned that the new Frye shop had just opened, and he thought I might like to check it out. He knows my penchant for shoes, and probably noticed that I’d broken out my beloved Frye Harness boots as the mercury dropped this week. I’d heard about the shop and had been looking forward to stopping in, and this was the perfect excuse.

Oh, the boots. I know that Frye’s selection is larger than the Harness, Engineer, and Campus boots that come to mind when I hear mention of the classic brand. But I don’t guess I’ve ever had the patience to page through their entire website, and so my knowledge of the brand was mostly limited to what I found at Nordstrom.

After browsing around the entire store, I came back to this pair, the Regina Wedge. This taupe-y grey is all the rage this season, and this polished little bootie seems like the perfect way to pull off the look. I tried them on with my long, dark boot cut jeans and they looked pretty perfect.

frye lucinda scrunch

I was also very impressed with this boot, the Lucinda Scrunch. I do love a good tall boot with a skirt or over skinny jeans, but lots of tall boots are cut with a very narrow shaft and I can’t imagine that any non-supermodel could pull them up at all, let alone over jeans. That said, I don’t love the boots that have a wide swath of black elastic or faux leather or suede over the entire back or the boot to allow it to stretch. This boot is ingenious! The back is all leather, but is stitched in such a way that it is stretchy. Not only will if fit (normal) women, but the stretchiness helps it mold to the leg to give the slimmest lines possible. So brilliant.

It’s a brand new shop less than a block below M Street on Wisconsin, and their selection is fantastic. Katie took great care of me and even mentioned that once my beloved Harness boots start to show their age (they still look great, and they’re at least three or four years old) they can ship them to the original Frye Company to be resoled so that they’ll look as good as new. Selection, service, and lovely leather. I’ll be back for sure. xoxo, Jamie

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