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Frye Engineer 12R
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  • Classic style meets modern technology in the 'Engineer 12R' boot.
  • Hand-crafted construction for superior fit and comfort with authentic styling.
  • Specially formulated insole provides cushioning and resists bacteria.
  • Wellington vamp.
  • Nickel hardware detail.
  • Neoprene oil resistant sole and heel with full-length leather midsole for support and durability.
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 1 12 in
    • Weight: 1 lb 10 oz
    • Circumference: 13 12 in
    • Shaft: 9 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 7, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

78% Felt true to size
  • 3% Full size too large
  • 7% Half size too Large
  • 78% True to size
  • 10% Half size too small
  • 1% Full size too small
93% Felt true to width
  • 93% Felt true to width
  • 6% Felt narrower than marked
  • 1% Felt wider than marked
81% Moderate arch support
  • 15% Excellent arch support
  • 81% Moderate arch support
  • 4% No arch support

Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Classic style meets modern technology in the 'Engineer 12R' boot.
  • Hand-crafted construction for superior fit and comfort with authentic styling.
  • Specially formulated insole provides cushioning and resists bacteria.
  • Wellington vamp.
  • Nickel hardware detail.
  • Neoprene oil resistant sole and heel with full-length leather midsole for support and durability.
  • Measurements:
    • Heel Height: 1 12 in
    • Weight: 1 lb 10 oz
    • Circumference: 13 12 in
    • Shaft: 9 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 7, width B - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Frye Engineer 12R

Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 71 reviews.

Top Positive Review

6 people found this review helpful.

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I have been coveting these boots for close to a year and finally decided to invest the cash in them. They are definitely worth it. Nice thick leather, well constructed, they feel indestructible. Which means that yes, they feel stiff and heavy and tough to get on right out of the box. I opened the buckle, slid my foot in as far as it would go (wearing nylons, a plastic bag over the foot would work too), then pulled up on the back of the boot while rocking my foot back and forth until it popped in the rest of the way. They are going to require some breaking in, but you kind of want that in a boot- it means the leather will not break down and get too stretched out. Despite how stiff they are right now, I can tell they are going to be comfortable once they are broken in. They have good heel and arch support, the calf openings are not too tight or too loose, nothing is rubbing on my toes, etc. I had been torn between these and the Veronicas, so if you are too, here are the differences I saw: the Veronicas are a much thinner, softer leather, and a thinner sole/lower heel- more of a riding boot than a real engineer boot. I did not like how floppy the leather on the Veronicas is, it actually looks kinda cheesey to me, which is not what I want in such expensive boots. The engineer just seemed much more substantial. The other decision I struggled with was the color: gaucho or smoke? I went with the smoke, but I am not sure how I feel about it. The overall color is awesome; a grayish brown, with a weathered look- but the weathered look is maybe a little too manufactured. Mostly over the toes- there is a definite line of demarcation between the color of the toe and the rest of the boot that I do not think I am crazy about, so I am going to think about it for a day before I decide if I, going to exchange them for the gaucho. Other than that, I am very happy with this purchase and I cannot wait to wear these to death!

Read more » « Show less January 3, 2012 by Alison S
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Top Critical Review

2 people found this review helpful.

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So heartbroken about this boot! I love how it looks and the color is beautiful and true to the photo. It may fit others well but I found it unwearable. There is a kind of shelf between the heel and bed of the sole that interrupts the foot support and is very hard and uncomfortable. Also I found that it runs a 1/2 size smaller (I ordered an 8.5 instead of 8). I think the foot bed has a design flaw as I ordered an 8 before the 8.5 and both felt the same. Very sad.

Read more » « Show less November 8, 2010 by Anonymous
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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I have always, always wanted a pair of red boots. Always. I only buy Frye boots, and only American-made Frye boots at that. I had already the harness 8r, harness americana short, and the Campus. Then I saw the engineer boot in the lovely burnt red color. There were very few left for sale, but I secured a pair in size 9, which is my Frye size. These boots were decidedly too small. I was shocked but exchanged for a 9.5. I am telling you I almost could have gone for a 10, as these boots really do run small. All my other Fryes broke in effortlessly - not so with these. Oh, I almost gave up a number of times, but the red boots called to me, and off we'd go on another dog walk. I got blisters. On both feet. In different places. Repeatedly. I have never worked this hard to break in a boot, but I am here to tell you....it was worth it. We got off to a rough start, my red engineers and I, but we are inseparable now. They are like slippers, though they prefer you think of them as tough little buggers, which they are. When I walk in them, the heel makes a satisfying sound that conveys authority, which I love. When the time came to condition and clean them up, I applied the Frye cream all over the boots. It darkened them to a lovely cherry red, the red they have always wanted to be! Complete strangers will stop me to talk about these boots. I don't know if it's the color or the style, but when I slip them on with my sun dresses and shorts, people notice. Get yourself the harness 12r and the engineer 12r and maybe a Campus and you are set for life!

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  • - customer
  • from Henderson, NV
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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These boots have molded to my feet and are the only pair of shoes I've worn since I got them. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but after about two weeks of regular wear to break them in (I swabbed the inside three times with alcohol to loosen the leather) they fit perfectly. I have high arches and they don't pinch or rub anymore. I have wide feed and they hug them without squeezing. They are awesome.

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1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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Love! I took forever to decide between these and the Veronica Shortie. After ordering and trying on both I decided I like the more rugged look of these. The Veronica were more feminine which isn't what I wanted in a boot. I like that the Engineer has a firm leather upper and isn't floppy around the ankle like the Veronica. My only grumps are that the heel on these seems a bit higher than needed, I wish they were only 1" and the grey is not as light or as grey as all the pictures on Zappos. The Frye website had the best color representation. I wore these all day the first day with no problems. They were comfortable for me out of the box. No construction issues. Very well made and I love that Engineers (unlike the Veronica) are still made in the USA!

I'd also recommend: Sorel, Doc Martens, Merrill

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  • - customer
  • from Sacramento, CA
1 person found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I was deciding between the Veronica Shortie in burnished black and the Engineer 12R in either black or charcoal during a sale event. The Veronica was ruled out quickly because of the much thinner leather, the narrower toe that pushed my toes together and the fact they are made in Mexico (the Engineer is still made in USA). Also, the Veronica Shortie looks like a dress Engineer, which is sort of an oxymoron. I wanted a classic Engineer with the rugged look. Then came the decision on color. The Engineer in black is a matte solid black which makes it look like rubber at first glance. If it had a tan demarcation at the sole like the Red Wing 2990 or 2268, I would have gone for it (couldn't wear Red Wing due to their D width even in women's sizes). The charcoal is a weathered warm dark gray that's quite unique and would go well with both earth/neutral tones and black attire. So that's what I ended up with. I am a standard size 7B with normal arch and slightly skinny calves and a 7 in the Engineer fits well with regular socks (not dress or sports socks). My only gripe as other reviewers have pointed out is some pairs are not made the same, which I see as a quality control issue. I understand that they are supposedly handcrafted, but how hard is it to mark leather using the same pattern and sew them together at the same places like sewing clothes? The black pair I tried on was perfect in fit, not too tight, not too loose all around with minimal heel slip and my feet went in with a relatively easy pull and "pop" at the heel that is similar to fitting cowboy boots. The charcoal pair (the last pair of 7 in that color) has a left boot that is looser than the black ones like it has been tried on by too many people when it's not (there were no folds or creases on the boot). The right boot, on the other hand, is very snug around the instep like my Ariat cowboy boots when they were new. The leather on the right boot at the heels slant towards my ankles gripping it more tightly, which is not a bad thing. I've been breaking them in walking around at home with a regular sock on my left foot and a thick sock on my right. Luckily for me, even with the snug right boot, there are no hot spots anywhere that cause blisters. So I expect stretching the right boot with thick socks would be the only break in I need to do. Another defect I noticed was the piece of skinny leather going up the right boot shaft at the back is cut crooked with a somewhat curved edge and the stitching is not straight. Again, I don't get how it can be crooked when the leather is supposed to be cut against a pattern. I do like the boots and they look great with skinny jeans tucked in and the quality of the material is good. However, the workmanship has much left to be desired for a brand that commands high prices. I got my pair at a deep discount, so I'm okay with the purchase as they were the last pair in my size. However, for full price, I would either insist on a perfect pair or would have chosen a different brand with consistent workmanship. Lastly, a cowboy boots fitting tip for those having trouble getting into their boots: wrap a thin plastic bag over the instep and heel of your foot and slide it into the boot, then pull the plastic bag back out. That would save some of you from having to size up to a floppy boot just in order to get through the ankle. Of course, if you have a really high arch, this may not work.

I'd also recommend: Red Wing, Durango, Dr Martens

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  • - customer
  • from Toronto, Canada
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I love these boots! They fit great and look amazing. I ordered 1/2 size larger than I usually wear because a review said they were a little snug. I think I could have gone either size. Good job Zappos!

I'd also recommend: Ugg, Kate Spade, Lucky

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  • - customer
  • from Baltimore, MD
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