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Frye Harness 12R Reviews

949 reviews
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82% "Felt true to width"

80% "Moderate arch support"

931 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 10/30/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I have owned these boots for ten years. I have worn them in the Colorado River and in the snow in Michigan. I have been in thick clay and climbed the mountains in them. have worn with shorts; skirts; and tights. Worn them in all seasons. Sexy as all hell. People come up to me in airports and ask about these boots. I got them in less than 24 hours from Zappos. I have never worn them with socks. I love these boots. I am 58 years old. I will treasure these all my life.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 10/19/11
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

These look awesome and are definitely well made... but the fit was horrible... my five year old had to pull on them to help me get them off! Way too narrow. These didn't run big for me at all; they ran small, unfortunately. They will be going back. :(

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8 people found this review helpful  

November 22, 2011

Anonymous

from USA

I've been looking for an everyday casual "go-to" boot for 2 years, and since I narrowed it down to Fryes for their classic timelessness, I must have overlooked these boots countless times online. Instead chose the Veronica Slouch boot, which I returned. As soon as I tried on the Harness 12R it was love at first sight! I got the tan...a perfectly indistinct color somehow between brown, olive, grey and camel, that goes well with jeans and just about anything else. I got the matte surface leather, a softer, more subtle and muted color/texture than the vintage leather. You should know...they are a bit stiff, will require breaking in. Somewhat narrow and hard...if you have a wide foot you might have trouble. And they run large. I usually wear a 9M but returned them for an 8 1/2M, which fits perfectly. So glad my boot shopping days are over. I love these boots!

Brands I'd also recommend: minnetonka

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 26, 2012

Anonymous

 

These were my first Frye boots since I was a teenager in the 70's, and I have been wearing them for several years now. Thought I would give a report. After 2 years of very frequent wear they look pretty much the same as the day I bought them, though the creases around the ankle have settled a little. The shaft has not collapsed, and they hold their shape well. I bought mine a half size smaller than my usual size. At the time, this seemed obvious, since they are long in the toe. Since wearing them around a lot, I am not sure I did the right thing, as they can pinch a bit after about 6 or 7 hours of walking around. But they do feel large when you first try them on, and I am not sure that I should have taken my normal size; as I wrote, it takes 6+ hours of walking before the pinching begins, and it is minimal. The leather looks essentially brand new, and the soles are doing fine. The sales girls in the juniors section of my regular department store compliment me - you know that's gotta mean something - and my daughter stopped telling me that I dress like a hobo. I hope that I will last as well as these boots.

Brands I'd also recommend: Nothing else is like Frye.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 17, 2003

Anonymous

from Lexington Ky, NYC, Miami, Toronto

Footwear Hall Of Fame Entry - This city chicken recently acquired these boots after finding them in a most unexpected venue. I was so excited that I literally wore them out of the store. I work in a very upscale, fashion-aware enviroment, no stranger to the fashions heirarchy, and these have held their own with many, many compliments and inquiries. In a word, people are jealous! I own one other pair of Fryes, a black lace-up. After fifteen years of hard use, they're still roadworthy and, believe it or not, still garner the compliments. These are amazing boots. From the beginning, they were an all day wear. Frye deserves complete respect and admiration for continuing to produce a product that has upheld quality, durability and desirability. The weathered brown color is completely wonderful and authentic in all ways. The construction is amazing and comfortable. They have a western edge, but in a subtle and fashion forward sense. These boots leave no doubt that they could go through hell and high water! They have my vote for inclusion into the fashion hall of fame. P.S. Ralph Laurens' stylists use lots of Frye products for their shoots and runways. LOVE!

Brands I'd also recommend: Other Fryes, Blundstone

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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4 people found this review helpful  

September 28, 2012

Carrie

from Raleigh, NC

This is my first pair of Frye boots and I love them! I have always purchased Lucchese boots in the past but thought I would try something different this time and I'm so glad that I did. It took me several tries to get the style and color right though. I started with the Belted Harness boots (which the color, Distressed Chestnut is my favorite and is exactly like the color in the pictures) but they looked too bulky around the 'belted harness' area and too loose at the calves. Then I went with the Belted Harness, which is the style I originally liked anyway. First I ordered the color Old Smoke Town, which is a very dark, espresso brown and decided that was too dark for me. Then I ordered the Belted Harness in Tan, which I really liked but they were darker than the pictures portrayed. Next, and finally, I ordered the Dark Brown Crazy Horse. Just be warned that this color is much darker than they actually are (just a tad lighter than Tan - makes me sad because I liked the Dark Brown Crazy Horse color in the pictures better), but I love the style, so they are keepers! As for the fit of the boot, I always wear a 7 B/M (except in Cole Haan I wear a 7.5) and the 7's fit perfectly. I have to work to get them on and off though - no biggie as I'm sure they will loosen up with wear. They fit nicely at the calf area with a little extra room for jeans (my calves are regular to small size). I'm 5'6" and the height hits just at mid-calf. One reason I chose this style over other Frye's is because of the sole. Instead of leather, that is originally slick and wears fairly quickly (I know you can get the sole replaced but...), they are made of Firestone Tire material - which I like for a change! Overall great boots! Very pleased with my purchase (or investment!)! Oh, and this was my first purchase from Zappos and it will not be my last! The free shipping both ways is so nice (especially when you need to order several pairs before you get it right)!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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3 people found this review helpful  

August 20, 2013

Crystal A

from Olympia, WA

I'm in love with these boots! I ordered a 1/2 size up because I have wide feet, and guess what?, I have no problems getting them on or off. The toe bed does not squash my toes and the width feels good. There is slippage in the heel, but I would rather have that than have squashed toes. I think I may just put an insert in to prevent that or maybe some heel grips. I got these boots in charcoal and it is nice to have non-black shoes for once. Thank you, Zappos!

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye, Dansko, Jambu, Hunter, Sorel

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 1, 2013

Anonymous

 

Wow! What am I going to do now?! Guess I'm a new Harness 12R gal! Just ordered my first-ever Fryes before Christmas - Paige Stud & Melissa Harness, both size 6, & love them. Thought I'd like to try a shorter boot since I'm petite 5'2". Read lots of the reviews on the Harness 12Rs (there's about 850 which sure says something!), so figured I'd give them a try. I really wanted the Tan Vintage, but it wasn't available so after much deliberation I settled on the Dark Brown Crazy Horse (which is an Old Town Leather - their thickest type leather according to Frye Customer Service) and again size 6, half size smaller than I wear in shoes, as suggested in most of the reviews. They arrived 3 days ago. Size is right & love the color - kind of a golden tan with lots of dark brown variations & some texture on the shaft. Really a sweet tuff chick look! As everyone says, they are very thick leather & very stiff & hard to get on at first, even with my narrow feet. (by contrast the Paige & Melissa Harness are very wonderfully soft, supple) But I used plastic bags & my feet slid right in, wore them around the house like that a few hours & could feel the leather softening some. They are also a little gappy around my calves but I have slim calves about 12"-13", probably couldn't wear them with bare legs, don't know may try it anyway with a skirt or tights or skinnies. The only problem is one boot is dark & the other is noticeably lighter. I called Zappos & they've already shipped me a replacement pair at no extra charge. Zappos is fantastic as usual! In the meantime, the Tan Vintage became available, so I had to order them & they arrived today, thus my dilemma! I like them both! The tan vintage is a little softer leather (my feet slid right in no problem, very comfortable!) & gorgeous color - mixed soft tans, grays, chocolate with a slightly crackled, sparkly texture that is truly beautiful. Don't panic - the sparkly is not bling, more like a very teeny muted understated glittery effect that's way cool! My husband wasn't crazy about the Crazy Horse, but when he saw the Tan Vintage, now he wants a pair! Yahoo! I'm hoping the replacement Crazy Horse pair is okay, 'cause I have a feeling I want to keep both colors even though they're expensive! By the way, I called Frye to find out the difference in the Old Town, Vintage & the Pebbled Full Grain leathers (Zappos doesn't seem to carry the Pebbled, too bad). They told me Old Town is thickest, strongest & rustic, Vintage is thick & distressed, Pebbled Full Grain is softest. Hope that helps, but with Zappos free overnight shipping & returns, you can try several styles, colors and leathers!

Brands I'd also recommend: For boots - only Frye

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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3 people found this review helpful  

June 21, 2012

Molly

from Central New York

I have had completely ridiculously poor experiences shopping from another well-known shoe website, and decided to try Zappos again. I am blown away by the customer service and the genuine efforts of the team to ensure I had a good shopping experience and was shipped a solid, quality product. Frye products are legendary, but I do not think that gives them an excuse to rest on their laurels. They need better quality control. That being said, four pairs of boots later, I have a lovely, comfortable, perfectly patinaed pair of harness boots. They absolutely run half a size too large, but once you find the right pair, you will want to live in them! Thank you!

Brands I'd also recommend: Timberland

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 1, 2012

Anonymous

from Seattle, WA

I ordered a pair of these boots recently. I am very impressed with the quality and they look like they will go with many items of clothing. I had to have a cobbler stretch them to fit my 16" calves, though, so consider that if you have wide calves too.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 6, 2012

Anonymous

 

ordered these boots and the heel really slips. I ordered the 5½. I really want these any suggestions?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 2, 2012

Anonymous

from Washington

I just received my boots and I am glad I listened to the reviewer that is a size 9.5-10 with a wide foot and ordered the size ten. I struggled to get my foot in by stamping them down and once my feet are in they are roomy with the right amount of slippage in the heel. Yay, these boots are hot in a sexy tough sort of way! I have started to buy things that are of quality and last and these fit the bill. Also what quick delivery, I ordered yesterday and they arrived this morning, Zappos you are the best. I will only order from you from now on!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 10, 2012

Caree D

from United States

Beautiful, beautiful boot. Unfortunately couldn't even get my foot in. I must have a high arch or something, I couldn't even get my foot down into them. bummer, because they are gorgeous!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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3 people found this review helpful  

February 7, 2012

Cheryl L

from St. Louis, MO

I love these boots and when I found them on sale I went crazy and bought the charcoal and the worn brown crazy horse color. I am 53 and took the advice of the 58 year old...I'm going to wear them everywhere and enjoy 'em! I have always loved Frye and know the boots will last forever. I always wear my boots without socks, like a hockey player goes sockless in their skates to mold the leather to their feet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 30, 2012

Susan

from Brooklyn, NY

These boots are quite an investment but they are so worth it. They are well-made and work with any look. The sizes do run a bit big and they take a bit of wearing-in before they're comfortable, but I'm very happy with my purchase.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 28, 2012

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

Finally! The boots I've been looking for. They look fantastic, are sturdy, and surprisingly warm. Start without socks until you wear them in...or maybe you'll never wear socks with them. Note: they bleed color on your legs and feet a bit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 26, 2012

Juli

from Atlanta, Ga

I have owned these boots in Camel color, for almost 10 years. I bought them when I lived in Portland, Or where it rains all winter long. They are built to last! I wondered when I would ever break them in, as it did take a while. I live in Atlanta now and wear them year round. They're so cute with tights and sweater dresses! Love them with my skinny jeans, and long sundresses in the summer. People still compliment me on these boots as they will never go out of style!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 17, 2012

Heather

from New Jersey

These boots are great. They look great with jeans, leggings and dresses. They are super comfortable and the more I wear them the better they are! Frye boots are the best boots I have owned. I purchased these and another pair thinking that I would only keep one, but I ended up keeping both because they are so great. They quality is amazing! The toes are a bit narrow so if you are between sizes I would order up.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 29, 2011

Anonymous

from California

These are the most beautiful boots I have ever seen. Period. They are incredibly well made, make your legs look fantastic and can be dressed up with skirts or stand up to a day of riding. They are perfect. They will last a lifetime. I had a problem with a squeaky boot - no problem - Zappos had me a new pair the very next day. I am between 9.5 and 10 and the 10's fit me just right. My foot is a little bit wide (C width in some cases) so someone with a very narrow foot might have a problem with fit. The second pair actually fit better than the first, so there is some variation. I'm also on the shorter side and the 12R was a flattering length for me. Support is good, you might want a light foam insole if you do a lot of standing or walking. The leather might need a little breaking in but overall it's well conditioned and soft. I'm in love.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 23, 2011

Deborah a

from Newport Beach, California

These boots are great and I can't say enough about Zappos' customer service. I ordered an 8 and they were too big. I had a 7.5 within 36 hours, which made my Christmas weekend and my birthday, thank you Eric. I love them. My heel is very narrow and most shoes slip so I have a heel cup to stop that. Other than that they are a great fit and I plan to wear them forever. Very well made in the USA, yay!

Brands I'd also recommend: Harley Davidson

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 9, 2011

Beckee

from Illinois

These boots are smoking hot! I have long wanted these boots and finally took the plunge. They are well worth the price and I wish I had gotten them sooner! They look good with a skirt or with skinny jeans. The quality of the workmanship is excellent! They were comfortable right out of the box, too! Zappos has the very best service, no one else compares to them. Love, love these boots!

Brands I'd also recommend: Born, Clarks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 12, 2011

Sarah

from cali

After years of coveting these boots I bought the harness 12R in black. I am a pretty true size 10 in everything from sandals to heels so I went with a 10 because all of the other reviews on sizing were confusing. My feet a fairly wide and my calves are not big, but they are muscular. My right foot is a little wider than the left. The 10 fits like a dream, I had a mini orgasm when I took them out of the box and put them on. They are so soft, and so comfortable. I will have to break them in a little to make them less stiff and hopefully be able to wear thicker socks with them this winter. The 12R are good because the shaft is shorter for girls that do not have stick calves. I think I can even get my skinny jeans under them. Buy them, you will not regret it!

Brands I'd also recommend: frye!!!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 16, 2002

Kitty W

from Ely, Cambridgeshire

Frye's Biker Boot-Womens. When Stevie Nicks sang " I wear boots all summer long" she touched my boot strings. I wear boots all year long, no matter the weather. Despite all my boots vintage and new, and as an old lover of the biker/engineer/cowboy variety, these are the most amazing in my possession. I have never worn such comfortable boots, stunning with vintage Levi's or my Donna Karen long evening dress, dress em up or down. The more beat up they are, the better. Look good on the feet or hanging on my wall. Keep up the great design, Frye's, us hippy cowboy girls need these boots...

Brands I'd also recommend: Frye's Engineer boot

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November 1, 2012

Anonymous

from Santa Rosa, CA

Like many other reviewers I have wanted these boots for years but held off because they are expensive no matter where you buy them. I finally decided to treat myself and get them. I read many of the reviews on Zappos and Amazon. I am a 7.5 to 8, depending on the shoe so because of a bunion on my left foot I decided to go with the 8. The boots arrived today and while they are lovely I think the 8 is just too big so I re-ordered a 7.5 and will compare them to the 8's. Unlike some of the other reviewers I had no trouble sliding my feet into these boots or taking them off. I was also surprised that the 2 inch heel doesn't feel high at all as I'm a ballet flat or flip-flop person. Hoping, hoping that the 7.5's work. I highly advise others to heed the advice of most of the reviews and order at least a half size smaller than you normally wear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 31, 2012

Chelsea N

from Hugo, Minnesota

I had been wanting these boots forever and was always borrowing my friend's so I splurged an finally bought them. They took over a week to get to me which was upsetting. I called Zappos wondering where they were and they explained to me that at your first purchase they have to verify that your credit card matches your billing address and that contributed to why my boots took longer to receive. Because I didn't get them in the 3-5 business days they gave me a coupon and a VIP pass. The employee was super nice and these boots are hot! I can't wait to rock them at coachella and all summer long!

Brands I'd also recommend: Ariat

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March 27, 2012

Anonymous

from Fort Collins, Colorado

I received these boots last week. Love the look! I'm a solid 8M with a high instep, and I've had to wear size 8.5 boots in the past. However, these Fryes are perfect for me.

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March 12, 2012

Anonymous

from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Really great boots! I love the look. We spent a weekend in Boston a couple of days after I received these boots. I wore them all day walking around museums and then out at night. They looked very cool and they were surprisingly comfortable. I'm still breaking them in though and my feet are a bit tired after a full day of wear. If you're going to be comfortable in these, I think you have to give them lots of wear at first.

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