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Frye Engineer 12 R W Reviews

317 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

56%Rated 5 stars

44%Rated 4 stars

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0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

80% "Felt true to size"

89% "Felt true to width"

58% "Excellent arch support"

Additional 222 Engineer 12 R W Frye Reviews

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July 28, 2007

Anonymous

from Minnesota

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM! I have been looking at these for two years, but could not decide if they were what I wanted. I have no regrets - I loved them as soon as I opened the box! I own a few pairs of harness boots and usually buy a half size smaller, but heard that these were more true to size. I bought the size I normally wear and am glad I did. They fit like a glove and I am looking forward to wearing them for many years to come.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 21, 2007

Carrie

from England, temporarily.

So Cool! These boots are better than I expected. I thought they might be a little over the top with the engineer look, but they are much more subtle than they looked on-line. I had hemmed and hawed a long time before buying and I'm glad I finally did it. I think going with the size that you think your feet are is the way to go (mine measure size 9, and the size 9 boot fits). I almost bought an 8 1/2 because my Frye harness boots are 8 1/2, but I went with the advice I found here and the advice I got directly from Frye to go with my true size. With a size 9 I can wear them barefooted or with socks, so I think that's perfect. I have no trouble getting them on at all, but I do have thin feet and not a terribly high instep. Also, I bought the gaucho brown. Love the 12 R's too, and just so you know they are not actually 12 inches high, they are more like 9 inches from the bottom of your foot to the top of the boot. Very flattering to the leg! Enjoy with shorts as well as dresses and jeans! Oh, and they're more comfortable than my Frye harness boots!

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 22, 2007

Anonymous

from New Haven CT

Awesome Cool Boots! I will be turning 50 next month so I ordered these with a little trepidation--would I look silly in them? NOT!!! I am surprised at how great they look--a very "Sundance" look. Great with my denim skirt and all my longer skirts too. Felt great from the moment I put them on. Width is right. Length is right. Leather is nice and soft. These boots are made for walkin'!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 20, 2007

Anonymous

from The Upper Great Plains

Great boot! The boot of the season and worth the price. However, be warned...it runs truer to size than most Fryes. I wear a 9.5 in the Harness boot, ordered a 9.5 in the Engineer and my toes were right up at the front of the toe box. These also fit differently than the Harness overall, the toe box is wider and almost sloppy feeling. But great looking...if they cost less I'd keep them and see if I like them more over time.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 16, 2007

Anonymous

from San Diego

The perfect boots! These boots are beautiful and comfortable (even for my slightly wide feet). I was unhappy with the first pair I received because they looked worn, but I exchanged them for a second pair which were perfect (and with advanced exchange, receiving the second pair before I sent back the first!). Thank you Zappos for the excellent customer service! For the boot itself, I have slightly wide calves but they fit very well and are adjustable. The color is a bit muddier than the richer colors found in other Frye boots, but still beautiful. I find the slight tapering from wide base to narrower leg opening to be flattering. Overall, great boot!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 15, 2007

Mi

from New York

I have always wanted to get Frye's boots, but could not decide which one to get. I saw Engineer 12R on Vogue and immediately knew they were Frye's and that is it! This boots are heavier than the ones I used to, but very comfortable. I have trouble to get on, but it seems it is getting better each time. I hope it is going to loosen up. It is soooo cute with mini-ish dress/pants. I will wear these as long as I can stand for the weather. (Yes, it is going to be summer.) Thanks to Zappos for the amazing services. You should be a model for all the businesses in US!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 6, 2007

Anonymous

from Montana

Worth the $$$!!! This boot is a perfect fit and true to size. Worth every penny! They are so comfortable and fit nicely under any normal to wide-leg jeans or over tapered jeans. I have very wide feet, so these are a dream come true!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 5, 2007

Meg

from New York

I'm in love. I saw these boots in Vogue on Friday, decided I NEEDED them on Saturday, ordered them on Monday, and received them today, on Tuesday. I've worn them out already, and I adore them. I haven't had trouble getting them on, as some other reviews have mentioned. They're very comfortable, and I love how they look with skirts. They're pretty close to perfect, I believe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 12, 2007

Anonymous

from Seattle

A boot that fits! Great boot for me, my foot is wide, most other boots feel so tight. It helps that the toe box is bigger so a minimum of breaking in days. I've tried a lot of boots. Glad this is made here in the US.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 5, 2007

Anonymous

from New Hampshire

Wicked cool boots - These boots are well made and comfortable and they just look so cool! I wear a medium weight knee sock with them to protect my legs. The leather will rub you raw when you first wear them. I'm hoping the leather will soften with wear.

Brands I'd also recommend: keen , born

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 15, 2007

Anonymous

from Los Angeles, CA

Frye Engineer 12R W - Rarely does merchandise online live up to its expectations in real life, but this shoe looked even better than it did on the screen! I didn't have much difficulty getting the boot on and I love the boot's clunkiness and buckles. I especially love the way you can adjust the buckles to make it tighter or less tight--they're not just to look good! The gaucho color is a beautiful mix of dark browns. I would recommend this item, it's wonderful.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 13, 2006

Anonymous

from Tennessee

This boot was a little tough to get on (much like my other pair of Frye's), but after I got it on, it felt great. I got a half size bigger thinking it wouldn't be so hard to get on, so it's a little loose in the heel, but thick socks will take care of that. Other than that, I really like this boot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 6, 2006

Anonymous

from San Francisco

Frye's Engineer's big tough boot - I love my boots. I take them off only to put on my slipper socks at the end of the day or my running shoes in the a.m. I wear them to work and after work. Like a truly good boot, they work best barefoot. A little difficult to get on the first time and they never worked for me with socks. Lots of protection, warmth and comfort. They're not too heavy, and most importantly, they mean business; no one can push me over in these!

Brands I'd also recommend: ballet slippers, running shoes and clogs

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 10, 2002

Anonymous

from Chicago

These boots are pricey, but worth every penny! These boots are great! Frye has a big name in boots, which is well deserved. So I went ahead and ordered the gaucho (brown) even though I really hadn't wanted to pay that much for a pair of boots. But every other pair of boots I had ever tried were too tight on my calf, or had slippery soles or were just plain uncomfortable or didn't really look good. I tried these because they are mid-calf height. I was worried that they wouldn't be high enough to wear with my long skirts -- but they look awesome. Plus they are super comfy and the soles are non-slip. Definitely worth every penny!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 5, 2012

Gabrielle

 

I gambled, and I lost...but not entirely. I too had the high instep dilemma. I normally wear 8.5M and got these in a 9M to see if perhaps a slightly larger size might allow me to get my foot into the boot. Plus, I was interested in wearing a medium-weight/thickness sock (eg. regular athletic sock you can buy by the bag in Walmart/Target) with these boots. Had mixed results: I could slip on the left one without any major tugging issue, but the right one was too much of a struggle (even with a lighter weight sock). Going to see if perhaps I can get that right one swapped out.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 4, 2012

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

I really needed a pair of heavy duty boots that would get me through work, where I stand on my week all day, without falling apart. I've always known Frye to be super well made boots, so I finally made the investment. I love these boots. Sure, they aren't that comfy, but they really do uphold in any environment and they look bad-ass. Love em! I'll be getting another pair in a different color very soon!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 6, 2011

Anonymous

from Salem, OR

Pros: These boots are super cool -- you can dress them up or down. Cute! Also tough -- a nice mix, in my book. Cons: They seem to run small -- I'm a 6 to 6-1/2 and ended up having to get a 7. Also stiff, and needed some breaking in, so don't plan on wearing them for a long, busy day until you're sure you won't get blisters.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dr. Marten, John Fluevog

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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November 18, 2008

Anonymous

from Norwich, VT

I have the world’s worst feet. My feet feel better in the shoeboxes than in the shoes they arrived in. I have an extremely high instep, wider than usual feet, a tendency to develop corns on the tops of my toes, and heels that blister. No Matter Which Pair of Shoes I Wear! My feet always hurt. That was before I discovered Merrells. This is the fourth pair of Encore Mary Janes (wool) I have ordered. My feet no longer hurt, nor my legs, nor my back. I wear them with everything: dresses, skirts, pants. I wear them to church and to the dentist’s office and shopping. In fact, I hope my kids bury me in them!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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September 14, 2007

Anonymous

from Dartmouth, Massachusetts

So cool - This boots looked exactly as I expected them to...very cool, chunky and kick-a#*. The top of the boot however does hurt my shins...hoping that will improve as I break them in because I want to wear them with tights as well as socks. The boot itself is surprisingly comfortable. I love the look and feel and highly recommend it.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

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July 20, 2007

Anonymous

from San Francisco, California

Very cute boots - I love these boots; have worn them several times now. They look even better on than they do in the photos. I had to put moleskin inside one of the boots because it rubbed against the top part of my foot, but once I did that they were comfortable. And, yes, you do need to wear knee-high socks because the tops rub against your legs. I also thought the toe was rather narrow--it didn't squeeze my feet, but I have narrow feet.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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May 17, 2007

Veronika

from Chicago

Woe to the short and larger calved woman... So I have a 15.5" calf, the cause of much consternation and distress when shopping for taller boots. My options are either a cheesy "stretch" faux leather style or a "wide-calf" category boot, which does nothing for my very narrow ankles. A while back I found some really cute black Double H low (8") harness boots, and these are great with jeans but not so cute with skirts. I searched high and low for something similar, slightly taller and brown, and after spying these Frye boots in a catalog (for a lot more $$), I eventually found them at Zappos (yay!). When they arrived, I determined the look is exactly what I wanted, but the color seemed a bit muddier than online. The distressed leather smell was a bit off-putting too, but I figured they'll be on my feet, not near my nose! The left boot slipped on like a dream, but the right was a struggle which left me cursing (odd, as my right foot is smaller). Once I had them on, I looked in the mirror and to my horror, the top of the boot comes exactly to the spot on my calves where they curve out. So, even though there was plenty of room between my leg and the boot, it gave the illusion that my leg was spilling out and over the top. Granted, my legs are pretty pale right now, but all in all, it wasn't the look I was going for, so these are going back. But, not one to give up, I'm going to try some taller versions once I'm refunded for these, and maybe they'll be stretchable (Veronica slouch or Campus 12L?). Oh, and I ordered these on Tuesday AM and had them by Wednesday around noon! Absolutely amazing service...

Brands I'd also recommend: Double H, Harley Davidson

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 28, 2007

Anonymous

from Tucson

Great Looking Boot - This boot is terrific looking - love it, love it. I'm 5'5" and am between a 7 and 7.5. I ordered a 7.5, which is fine. Unlike other reviewers, I did not experience any difficulty getting the boot on. The size fits perfectly. Problems: the 12R is a bit too high for a pants boot and too low for all but the longest skirts. (If I had longer legs, I wouldn't mind the break between the top of the boot and the bottom of the skirt so much.) Also, the front of the boot hits a sensitive part of my shin. My guess is that the leather would soften with use. I've decided to return them and exchange them for the 15R instead - same size and color - although even more expensive. As usual, Zappos service and ease of ordering and return makes it easy for this type of decision. Can't believe that I once lived without you guys! Awesome. The higher boot turned out to be too heavy and too warm for Tucson. As a result, I kept this one and like it very much.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko, Naot

Overall Rated:4 stars!

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January 3, 2007

Anonymous

from Bellingham, WA

Difficult to get on - I love this boot. However it is difficult to pull on which is frustrating. Once on, they are so comfortable I can wear them all day (I do so I don't have to take them on and off).

Overall Rated:4 stars!

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December 7, 2006

Julie O

from Los Angeles, CA

Always reliable and good quality - I bought these to replace another pair that finally wore out after almost 20 years. As always, Frye boot quality is reliable... my new boots were every bit as rugged as the old ones, and the sizing felt just right. There will be a break-in period as they can be a bit tough to get on over the ankle bend at first but as they work in and the leather softens, I shouldn't have that problem anymore. Love my Frye Boots!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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December 7, 2006

Anonymous

from San Francisco, California

My Frye’s - These boots are extremely well-crafted, finished by hand and the leather is about an eighth of an inch thick. The left boot slides on easily but I have to tug to get the right one on. It will probably be another week or so until they fit my feet better. This is my second pair of Frye boots (had a pair of Campus boots from 1978 - 1985?) and this year I couldn't find any other.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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