Once dated back to the American Civil War and worn by Teddy Roosevelt, Frye has an original and rooted history. For 140 years they have handcrafted their footwear and are the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States.
The 60s, already marked by a unique culture, Frye reintroduced their Campus Boot. Then in 1975, the Frye Company donated a pair of Campus boots to the Smithsonian Institute as a representation of the era. Thus began the demand of the "Original Fryes," and is still strong today.
The Frye Company was founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, a shoemaker from England. Frye products have a long and illustrious history.
Frye's current Harness Boots are rooted in tradition and continue to draw influence from the Cavalry. Today the classic Harness Boot holds a place in American culture. The Frye Harness Boot has been pictured in fashion spreads internationally. In 1938, on a trip to Washington, D.C., John A. Frye's grandson and namesake met a U.S. Navy Admiral who confided that he had trouble finding the Wellington boots he liked so much. As a favor, John agreed to make him a pair. Frye continued to fill requests for these boots through the Second World War. During World War II, Frye supplied thousands of servicemen with Frye Wellington boots, known as Jet Boots, by mail order.
In the 1960s, Frye reintroduced the Campus Boot, from its 1860 original, featuring a bulky toe and chunky heel that came to epitomize the attitude and the style of the 60s and 70s. There was nothing like these "new" Frye Boots on the market, and consumers began to demand "Original Fryes."
The quality of all Frye shoes and handbags is timeless. Frye remains dedicated to the commitment of craftsmanship for which Frye boots, Frye bags and accessories and Frye shoes have been known for more than 100 years.
With the advent of personal style and trends, Frye moved into this century with bold energy. Success has come with tangible efforts strongly focused in the U.S., Japan and Europe. Frye has left its mark in the past and is clearly making a new stand with the future with durable, fashionable footwear and handbags.