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Frye Engineer 12 R W Reviews

320 reviews
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Overall Rating:

84%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

81% "Felt true to size"

90% "Felt true to width"

65% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 200 Engineer 12 R W Frye Reviews

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May 4, 2011

Lee57

 

Nice boot and the color is a little dull not polished but I'm a fan of Frye boots have several pairs by the company.

Brands I'd also recommend: Mark Nason boots and UGGS

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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February 25, 2007

Izzy

from Albany, NY

Love - I am just in love with these boots. I'm not sure what else to say about them. I hemmed and hawed for a while due to price, but in the end, you get what you pay for. They are annoying to put on, but that's getting easier with use. I guess I'm breaking them in properly!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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October 12, 2011

Anonymous

from San Francisco, CA

I've had these boots for nearly a month and I can't recommend them. I love Fryes and I'd been looking forward to a nice, solid black boot that would go well with jeans. These look nice but the comfort and the build are both deal-breakers. When I first got them, I immediately noticed that the workmanship on the inside lip at the top of the boots had some glue or stitching that rubbed against my calves. I should have returned them right then and there, but I figured I'd break these in. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that no-trouser sock or thicker knee-high sock stood a chance against this rough stitching and glue - I was left with a ring of welts on the back of each calf. Too late to return these, I doubled down: I'm going to break these boots in if it kills me. I sucked it up and have worn these pretty consistently since getting them. Unfortunately, during this time, I've noticed that the footbed is too flat - there's no support. Worse, the leather itself wasn't breaking well and the boots look like Santa Claus' boots, and not nice, broken-in black boots. I'll keep them since I've worn them so much but I'm investing in new footbeds and hoping that over time the leather will eventually break attractively. In the meantime, unless you're dressing up as Santa Claus, these aren't for you.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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September 11, 2007

Anonymous

from Emmaus, PA

"The I can't get it on my feet boot." This is a gorgeous boot. Very well made, in the U.S.A., too! But I could not get my foot into the boot. I tried a large spoon to use as a shoe horn. I so wanted to get them on. The leather is wonderful and so is the heel height. What's with this not being able to get it on? Is my arch too high? I have read of others having problems getting this style on. Is there a trick we don't know about?

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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February 19, 2015

Anonymous

 

This boot is awesome. I'm pretty much an 8 in all my shoes, and so that's what I ordered. I debated getting an 8.5, but I'm glad I decided to trust the majority of reviews that claimed they were true to size. The fit is absolutely perfect, and even a little roomy with a thin sock on. I literally didn't want to take these boots off after I tried them on. They're a little difficult to get onto your foot at first, but that gets easier with wear and was not a deterrent for me in any way. I'm excited that these will practically last the rest of my life, and that they're made in the USA! If you're on the fence, just go for it. Go with the size you most commonly wear, and that should be just fine! Thank you, Frye and Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 13, 2015

Anonymous

from Madison, WI

I have owned these boots for approximately two months. Here is the low down: 1) Commit to the break-in period, or don't buy them. The break-in is intense, and sometimes painful. Mine lasted 2 to 3 weeks of daily wear. 2) Once broken in, your foot WILL fit into them without any trouble or major effort. Until then, expect some tugging and pulling. Out of the box, they are NOT easy to get on. 3) For a point of reference, I wear an 8.5 in most shoes, and that is true for this boot as well. My feet are average, in that they are not wide or narrow and I have normal arches. 4) Once they are broken in, they are an absolute dream. Great in all kinds of weather. Comfortable. Stylish. Buy them. Now.

Brands I'd also recommend: fluevog

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 7, 2014

Anonymous

 

This is my second review of the Fryes, I ordered the 12R in 8W, which is my normal size, and once the leather is stretched, there's definitely room for your toes and heel. You don't want a perfect fit and you don't want your heel slipping out each time you take a step. It took me maybe 2-3 days (8 hr work period, on my feet all day) to break them in. If you do get your regular size, just be aware that socks make them a bit harder to slip on.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 7, 2014

Lidoshka M

from Charleston, South Carolina

The first time that I became aware of Frye boots was while reading a beautiful Vogue magazine (May 2007) feature of Keira Knightley on an African safari, and she wore these gorgeous clothes with these boots. I wanted them immediately. I Googled them and was so amazed to find that they were used by Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Based on that historical use, I knew that these were the boots and only boots that I had to own for myself. When I first looked at the price, it was expensive for the 8R. As a 15 year-old girl, I did not have that kind of money and nor did my family. I kept checking the price, and it kept increasing and I became more discouraged that I wouldn't be able to afford them. Cue to March 2014, seven years later, and Zappos has the 12R on sale. It was my senior year in college and I knew it was my time. This has been by far the best shoe purchase I have made for myself. Ever. I am 5'1.5 and I was worried about the height of the 12R, and it hits just below my calf. Perfect. Yes, at first it was kind of hard to get my foot in, and I have flat, wide feet so while I was breaking them in, they hurt a lot. But once I broke them in, I have had no problem. I wear them to work every day (I'm a chemist) and they're the best foot protection. I am so happy that I have them, I am so happy that I waited for seven years and if you're also on the fence like I was about it, as soon as you can afford them, get 'em.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 29, 2014

Anonymous

from Redmond, Oregon

This is my third pair of Frye Engineers in different colors over the last five years. They are excellent in quality and style. I always get compliments - they look great! During much of the year I wear them practically all the time! They are so very comfortable and accommodate my orthotics! Zappos customer service is outstanding as they assisted quickly with a flaw in my boots and the replacement was at my door in record time! I have always been impressed with the fast delivery and exceptional customer service.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 15, 2014

Anonymous

 

First, let me say Zappos has hands-down the best customer service around. So glad I shopped for these with Zappos. On to the boots: I'm a size 8, slightly wide feet, and already have another pair of Frye boots (my Frye Harness 12Rs fit beautifully as soon as I got them). The Engineers are gorgeous and I love them, but I learned that there is a huge range of variability in size and fit and had to try on a few pairs to find one that fit. I first tried my normal size, since it worked for my Harness. One boot fit, the other didn't so I went up a half size. I had to try on a few pairs because some would slip on easily, others would barely go over my foot. I ended up calling Frye and they said of all their boots, the Engineer will only stretch a small amount, less than a quarter of an inch, so they recommended trying on another pair. So glad I did -- finally found a pair that fit, that didn't take an army to pull on, and didn't kill the tops of my feet. It's a pair of beautiful boots all around.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 10, 2014

Anonymous

from Wyoming

Love 'em! The leather is stiff so they take a little wearing in but they are comfortable right away on my feet and I have tender feet. Very stylish and timeless.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 31, 2014

Esvagal

from Virginia

I have an almost unnatural affinity for these boots. They are very comfortable -- though you have to be patient in getting them on the first few times -- and look great with everything. Note that the black will bleed onto whatever is underneath them, so I have a pair of gray skinny jeans that may always be black on the bottom 4 inches. It's not completely rational, but I love them anyway.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 18, 2014

Ellie

from Chicago

I'm not a "shoe person," but there is something about these boots that I'm absolutely in love with. I just put them on and my feet are blissfully happy- now that's a rare occurrence! I ordered them online and they fit like a glove. I use that Frye product to clean them off once in awhile and then water-proofed them which made the color a bit darker but I actually don't mind this new color. I like the worn in look so I don't freak out when I scratch or spill something on them- the more worn in the better. I get compliments on them on a daily basis by complete strangers which says something. I highly recommend these boots because they are just awesome. The height of the heel is perfect as well as where the boot hits on your lower calf.

Brands I'd also recommend: Free People, Joie

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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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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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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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 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!

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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!

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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 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!

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