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Frye Engineer 12 R W Reviews

328 reviews
total

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"

66% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 208 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 2, 2016

Jill

from Oswego IL

These boots are incredible. They do require breaking in, with initial difficulty sliding my feet into them. Once I got my feet in, they felt like they were home. High quality materials. It is not often that I think of my size 12 footwear as cute, but these are! The width is good for my slightly wide feet. There is sufficient wiggle room in the toe box, which is the way that it is supposed to be. I am looking forward to years of enjoying these. Why did I wait so long?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 17, 2015

Rana O

from Philadelphia, PA

First of all, Zappos is Amazing! It took me a few different sizes to figure out what was the best fit. Usually an 8 in heels, 8.5-9 in sneakers and 9 in boots. 8.5 in engineer fit best. Toe box is generous so I wear thick sox and still ultra comfy. I have high instep and wider feet. No problems getting feet in. I fell in love with the Gaucho color and decided after 2 weeks I must get them in Black too. Black leather is stiffer and can't wait for them to break in. I opted for 12r as the upper circumference comes right under the widest area of my calf and is flattering. I also have 16 in athletic calves and was so happy the boots fit. Great with skinny jeans, under bootcut jeans and skirts and dresses. I will wear these till they fall apart. They are so comfy and stylish that I have been living in them since i got them. Thank you Zappos for being the best in customer service after so many tries. I am a customer for life. Please dont change a thing. I would rather deal with tou then take a chance with another company, even if they have a slightly better deal.

Brands I'd also recommend: Dansko, Alegria,Cole Haan

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 28, 2015

Keri I

from California

I really wanted a solid pair of boots for my upcoming trip to Japan where I would be doing a lot of walking. The first pair of Fryes I tried were the Veronica Slouch. They were really comfortable but because the boots were so soft I didn't want to risk the shaft becoming too slouchy. Since the boots are more expensive than what I normally buy I wanted them to keep their shape. I ordered these in the 12r and the 15r, because of my thick calves (14.75in) the 15r were way too tight. I couldn't even get the 15r all the way up my calf! Then onto the 12 r which were way better. I have pretty wide feet and a high instep so I sized a half size up. The boots are a little long on length but is perfect in width. My right foot has a higher instep than my left so the top of my foot was crowded against the boot. I took one of the boots to a cobbler to get the instep stretched. After two times of getting it stretched (because I didn't want to experience the pain of breaking them in) the boots fit great! These boots are heavy duty and the first time I wore them out I had zero pain! Nada! I'm happy I sized up and got one of the boots stretched. It was a long process finding these boots and making them work for me. I'm glad I did, they look amazing even though I'm short with short legs. ;)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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October 21, 2015

Sue C

from Oregon

LOVE these boots. They are great with jeans but tremendous with skirts and dresses. Get complements whenever worn. Comfort improves as they get worn, and they do take some break in time. If they are long enough, give them time to learn to love you.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 7, 2015

Lynn N

 

My 16 year old daughter ordered these for school this year. She is an 8½ and she ordered them in her size and the fit is perfect. They are just as well made and great looking as ever. Thanks, Frye, for continuing to provide quality boots that last.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 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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Felt true to size

 

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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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Felt true to size

 

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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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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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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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Felt true to size

 

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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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Felt true to size

 

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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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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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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!

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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!

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