Frye Engineer 12 R W Reviews

329 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

64%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

12%Rated 3 stars

8%Rated 2 stars

12%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

81% "Felt true to size"

90% "Felt true to width"

66% "Moderate arch support"

311 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 11/23/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:4 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Love these boots! I have wanted a pair of Fryes for quite some time and am glad I took the plunge. I am a 7.5-8 with wide feet and I went with the 7.5. When I say I have wide feet I mean that it's generally hard for me to find 'cute' flats/sandals/heels that don't look gross with my wide feet. That being said - I have never purchased a pair of 'wide' shoes; so use your judgment when considering how wide your feet may be in comparison to mine and thinking about these boots. I think I maybe could've gone with the 8, there may have been a bit more wiggle room for my 'wide' feet, but the 7.5 is by no means too small. I wear these all the time since I got them, with skirts, with skinny jeans, to work, on weekends - love them! I'm sure they will last me for years to come. These boots are no joke, you can kick some serious butt in these and look good while doing it!

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18 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 12/30/11
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

Really wanted to like this boot, but just did not. Shaft on one seemed set badly--jammed into the front of my shin. Leather not as pretty as I had hoped--looked cheap. And weirdly both too small and too large. Going back!

Additional 309 Engineer 12 R W Frye Reviews

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March 13, 2014

Nikki S

from Chicago, Illinois

These boots are awesome! They're visually stunning, and made with obviously excellent craftsmanship. I will say that they do require some breaking in. I normally wear an 8, and bought my usual size and upon first wear, noticed that the instep area was really tight. I wore them around my house for a day to no avail. I did some research online about how to stretch them out and ended up using my iron to blast some steam on the instep area until it was moist (being careful not to actually touch the iron to the leather) and then I wore them until they dried completely. Now they're perfect! They're wonderfully comfortable and they look great with skinny jeans or dresses. I can foresee myself getting a lot of use out of these, even into the summer months. The "gaucho" color is beautiful. It's a soft, sort of brushed leather. Be aware, Frye does not recommend using any leather creams on the gaucho color. I learned this after I bought their brand of weatherproof dressing and called their customer service line!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 12, 2014

Rachel

from St Louis

Tight at the ankle, unable to get boots on even after 3 tries & with thin socks. Lack of boot straps made it even harder. Read that this is typical of Frye, maybe 1/2 size larger would help

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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February 21, 2014

Jess v

from philadelphia, pa

These boots might be the best $258 I've ever spent. I bought them for a trip to Colorado to be able to ride horses. Upon receipt, they were a little snug/narrow. It required some significant stretching with a stretcher and multiple pairs of socks to get them to loosen up. I finally broke them in by getting them wet and letting them dry while I was wearing thick socks. The area I live in has seen more snow this year than normal - way more. Uggs keep my feet warm, but they're not water resistant. I love my rain and snow boots, but they're not always work appropriate. I threw these on one day for lack of any other options and I was shocked. I stopped slipping and sliding in the snow, and despite walking through sigificant snow for extended periods of time - walking the dog through 1 1/2' deep snow for 30 minutes, my feet have stayed dry. I never expected these to be my go-to bad weather boots, but they are now. Highly, highly recommended. And, once broken in, they're pretty comfortable!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 19, 2014

Anonymous

from Washington

Just got my new boots - did a ton of research into the right boots, wanted funky but not too over the top - these will be great with everything! Like everyone said, the fit and getting on is not too comfortable, but now they are great! Love the Goucho brown tone - can be very versatile. I think these will be great, time will tell with the break in process - but love them so far.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 18, 2014

Sheryl k

 

I would consider this boot defective. I should have listened to other customers. The upper buckle area has what feels like plastic threads and they poke. The threads ruined a pair of leggings by amazing them into a mess. I wish I could also get the money back for the ruined leggings.

Brands I'd also recommend: Drew

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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February 1, 2014

Gretchen

from Oregon

I wore these boots out in three years. After the first year, I had worn the heels down to the nails. After the second year, some cracks started showing up on the side of the sole where my foot bent. By the third year, I had completely walked through the sole and the foot bed. When I took them into the cobbler (which I admit I should have done sooner), they got so sad about the low quality of these boots. Seriously, the cobbler almost started crying. They said that they had never had any hesitation recommending Frye boots before, but that the poor construction of these boots showed that Frye has started to make a bad product and is relying on their name over quality. He told me that he didn't even recommend a repair on them. I had hoped that spending this much on a pair of boots would give me a pair that would last, but I was mistaken. So while I loved my boots, I can't recommend anybody buy this specific style.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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January 29, 2014

BeeIndie

from United States

I save tons for this boots, because I really like the look. But I do not love them because they are the hardest boots to get in and out. I have a pretty normal feel and I never have issues trying on shoes. This shoes are hard and I thought that they will get softer after some use "no", 5 months later they are still a pain to put in and get out. The leather feel more like rubber and like I say before they are not getting any more comfy or softer. I only gave them 3 starts because I feel that a shoe this expensive should deliver more than just durability. This shoes really belong to some motorcycle chick or someone who needs a extremely durable and protective shoe for work.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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January 28, 2014

Anonymous

from Boston

This boot fit beautifully. It was a bit hard to get into at first, in a wool sock: I have a wide foot with a high instep, usually wear a 6, and ordered my usual size. The leather is firm, but of high quality and supple, and each time I put them on it got much easier. This boot will become "yours" like an old fashioned pair of jeans and will last forever. I was surprised it fit so well as often shoes are too "small" for me even in my proper size, because of the high instep and wide forefoot. I did decide to return them, however, for a funny reason others should consider. I am not tall (5'1") and, though I'm a size zero, my calves are, proportionally, huge (as in sometimes I can't buy skinny jeans because I can't get them over my calves). The shaft of the boot came up about 2-3 inches too high, and sat beneath the wide part of my calf, so that it was unflattering. I don't think this would be an issue for tall girls, or those with slim legs. So, beautiful fit, beautiful boot, lifetime quality, but a little higher than an ankle boot.

Brands I'd also recommend: la canadienne

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 14, 2014

Anonymous

 

I am returning these boots. Although they were true to size, getting my foot into them was crazy painful over the top of my high-arched foot. This might have loosened up over time as other reviewers have said, but even after my foot was into the boot, the arch support was nowhere near as great as my Frye harness or campus style boots. Then I looked in the mirror the boot on my foot and it looked like an apologetic little cheapo rainboot - something about these just looks plain and a bit silly and for the price, that is a non-starter. Bummer.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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January 8, 2014

Anonymous

 

Thanks to all the Zappistas who warned that there would be some initial breaking in necessary. There was some resistance when I first pulled on these boots, but just a few hours later they feel like I've worn them for years. Now they are super comfortable and extremely stylish and I feel like I've won the boot lottery. They look and feel great, and you won't be sorry you bought them. Just pay the $ and enjoy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 29, 2013

Anonymous

from Central Ohio

The quality is obvious right out of the box. The boots are solid and substantial. Had to order the second pair to get the size right, ordered up a half size and went with the the W for extra width across the toe box. As others have said in reviews, it is certainly a challenge to get these on, but is does get a bit easier after some wear. Easy off but truly a trial to put on. Offers great support and foot protection while wearing if you do barn chores like I do. Apply a little waterproofing oil and these Fryes will last a very long time. A bit pricy but the quality is there. A good boot, indeed.

Brands I'd also recommend: Luchesse

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 26, 2013

Laura

 

Super cute, but couldn't get my foot past the lower buckle. Can people really wear these? perhaps I have an abnormally high arch, but man!, these are just unwearable. I've tried two other styles by Frye, all are horrible...can't get my foot in.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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November 24, 2013

Anonymous

 

I wear a 6½ in all heels, flats and sandals. Boots and running shoes I wear a 7. With Fryes I typically stick to a 6½. These shoes fit well in length and width. My issue is I have a high arch and the top of the boot runs on the bone (top of foot) depending on the sock that I wear. I have to wear thin socks with these. If I wanted thicker socks I would size half up to a 7. Otherwise this is a super high quality boot. I own about eight pairs of Fryes and I love these just as much as the others. I wear them with skinny jeans, leggings, and shorts. I have not quite worn them with a skirt yet but I imagine that I will. Get them. You will not regret it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 22, 2013

Rebecca

from NY

These boots are incredibly comfortable and well made. These particular style are made in the US, as opposed to the Veronica Slouches I have that were made in Mexico, and they feel and look like a much higher quality boot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 30, 2013

Anonymous

from California

Okay so I am finally writing a review for these awesome boots! I've had these babies for 3 years and I'm more in love with them with every wear. Like other reviewers I used mole skin to help against the inside tag chafing my leg. Of course this was naturally avoided when I'm wearing taller socks. I find myself wearing this with skinny jeans and not dresses since my calves are really large and the top of the shaft ends exactly where my calves start so it looks odd. A useful tip i found to accelerate the break in process was to place the end of a broom stick into the part of the boot where outside of my foot hit and bend the boot over the stick. I kept at it for both sides (outer foot and inner foot where there would be potential blistering) and the constant bending help soften the boot. I recommend patience with this boot because I get compliments every time i step out of the house! The gaucho color is great and with weather protectant these will last beyond my lifetime!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 15, 2013

Kai M

from England

I decided to write a review after owning these boots for over 2 years. Bought them in the summer of 2011 after searching endlessly for a pair of boots that were well made, moderately priced, and would work with most outfits. I am beyond impressed with the Engineers. They are very sturdy, a bit heavier then you would expect, actually. I've worn them with everything from the usual jeans and chunky sweater, to a casual dress, even a skirt. I got them in black and my husband, having just polished them for me, commented that he loves the look and feel of my boots, and wants a pair for himself! The only downside is that each pair is not perfectly shaped, so sometimes it's more difficult getting your foot in or out of one of the boots. I had this problem with both feet when I first received my boots, but after a dozen or so wears they were fine. I cannot recommend Frye boots more, you will not be disappointed!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 9, 2013

Anonymous

from philadelphia, pa

I love these boots! First things first - they run pretty true to size, and a little roomy compared to other Fryes I have. I typically wear an 8.5 in all shoes and boots, but sometimes in Frye need to size up - not this time. They do NOT run wide - my slightly wide feet were not thrilled with wearing these the first few times. They do require a break in period. I tried (at-home) shoe stretchers with 2 pairs of socks - that helped. I found online someone who claimed to have worked for Frye, and for custom fit boots, he said to put the boots on, soak them in water, and them let them dry to your feet - they'd be perfect. I wasn't willing to try that...until I got stuck in the worst rainstorm my area has been in 20 years. In these boots. I was soaked through...but by the time I dried off, my boots fit gloriously. I will say that time aside, these boots have pretty much kept my feet dry. This leather ages QUICKLY - I wore them to walk through some rocks / boulders, and to ride a horse - and they looked beat to hell within a week. That was the look I wanted, so no complaints from me. I don't know that I'd order them again - they look so beat up now that it's hard to wear them anywhere other than someone super casual. But for rough and tumble, tough (wearing, not looking) boots? Right on the money.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 5, 2013

Chris m

from New England states

I was on the fence about this boot because the photo does not do the boot justice. I saw the video for Zappos and on the model the boots looked mammoth, so I thought my 10.5 - 11 foot would look monstrous. Well the boots came which I ordered in greasy black, and I tried it on. I am a true 10.5 (jinxed) so I always have to size up or down. It's difficult to know what size to get. In this case 11 seem to be perfect in width and length. Surprisingly, this boot did not look clunky or bulky, but flattering. The 12 r is the right height and it is slimming on my foot. The rubber heel seems perfect and gives a lot of grip. I hesitated on black, as it seemed the color was harsh, but it's stunning. Not a feminine girly boot, but not masculine either. The shape is very comfortable. It was a little stiff but not uncomfortable. One of the boots seemed to have a defect in the upper arch area (top of foot not bottom) but the other boot was fine. The awesome people who work in Zappos sent me another pair, and how cool, all that consideration, I can mail the other set back within two weeks. The only thing is that I do like the Frye anniversary style of this boot, and I ordered it from Frye and I will be comparing both the anniversary edition and the new set I get from Zappos. I like the USA made boots so far the best, I have a harness 12 r in full grain, and a campus short boot. These boot will be super comfy in less then two weeks. They were comfortable out of the box, just stiff, but I know it's good quality leather that will mold to my foot. It seems I can wear it with boot pants or skirts, or leggings. Frye is expensive, but I am tired of spending 80$ on cheap boots that wear out in two years, I wear through the soles or the boots warp on one side. This seems strongly made, not elegant, but stylish. Can ride your motorcycle or go to a PTA meeting in them. Hoping the second set doesn't have defects. If so Zappos is awesome, and I can return them, they credit your account so fast. Frye is also great to order from directly. I have tried Carmen harness it was too cowboy girly chick for me. I love the Vera short also but I like that more for dressy occasions not baseball games and chasing toddlers. But it is also awesome if you are on the fence between a Vera short, and the engineer. If you are choosing between a harness and an engineer, forget it, just save up and get 'em both, they both are awesome.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 17, 2013

Anonymous

from Pittsburgh

These boots are so chic! I got them in black - they make my legs look so thin when worn with jeggings! If you are an anorak lover, these boots will definitely boost your outfit! One downside is that they weren't as comfortable when I first put them on - probably because they are not broken in yet.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dr.Martens, Hunter

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 1, 2013

Anna

 

Did not stretch as much as the people in the Frye store said they would -- glad I did not order a size down as they suggested.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 22, 2013

Anonymous

from Chicago

This boot is a strange mix. 1) Due to handcrafting there is a wide variability in sizing; it may say 8.5 on the label, but you may have to try on a few pairs to get the right size. 2) If you have a high instep, beware. See #1 above: you may have to try on a few of the same size to find a pair that allows for room around the instep. 3) They are quite comfortable once you do find the right pair. 3) You would think for such a sturdy leather product that they could've spent more on a more durable sole. I'm 145lbs and light on my feet, but after about a week or so of some moderate city walking, the sole was very worn.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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February 6, 2013

Anonymous

from Chicago, IL

Gorgeous boots. They look great once you break them in (the leather doesn't look so stiff). They were a bit tight on my feet (I wear a 9.5 and have really wide feet). I had trouble putting the shoes on and taking them off as well. I had them stretched in the instep and they pull on much easier. The black color rubs off on light colored socks, so wear dark ones!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 5, 2013

Shana

from NC

Happy me! After trying on a dozen or so different boots, I love these. And thanks to Zappos for bringing the shoe store to my house! Could not be be any easier!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 8, 2013

Julia

from Pittsburgh, PA

I was fed up with buying $60-70 pairs of fashion boots that lasted a month of casual wear, so I wanted to invest in something that was going to last. I turned to Frye for sturdy, trendy, yet timeless boots, and Frye delivered. These boots are built like a rock; however, they're light and sleek enough for daily wear. They have just a pinch of equestrian chic with the buckle details, while still being chunky enough to be a tad edgy. (I also went with these over the 8R because the taller shaft elongates them and makes them look less industrial.) I purchased the black pair and the leather does have a slight rubbery finish, but I like that because it's a hardier finish more suited to the elements than a thinner, softer leather. As for size, these fit true to size -- if they feel a little tight initially, that's good, since they need to be broken in to fit ideally. I typically go 8-8.5 and the 8s were perfect after wearing the boots around the kitchen all night. I didn't have a problem with a tight ankle fit like others did. Lastly, Zappos did an incredible job shipping these boots to me quickly and efficiently. Glad I bought my Frye's here and not off a discount seller -- there's no sense paying so much for shoes without getting VIP treatment with the speedy shipping! Ultimately, very satisfied with the company and the shoes. Thank you Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 8, 2013

Arafel

from Earth

Boots seemed great until I was oiling them and had them sitting side by side. I noticed one is cut about half an inch lower than the other. It's very noticeable from the back. I'm very disappointed. Since I oiled them, I cannot return them, so all I can do is suck it up and hope no one notices. So make sure you eyeball these boots when you get them to make sure they're not "factory irregulars."

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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