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Frye Harness 12R Reviews

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Overall Rating:

80%Rated 5 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

67% "Felt true to size"

82% "Felt true to width"

79% "Moderate arch support"

955 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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18 are "Critical"

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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December 27, 2014

Anonymous

from Canada

Fabulous color! Love these boots! I normally wear an 8 in Frye but the 7 1/2 fit better in this style. A more narrow type fit across the toe I think due to style, so probably not for a wide foot. A break in period is recommended - so I haven't taken them off! Great boot!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 17, 2014

Anonymous

from Seattle

Super cute boot, but super stiff and SUPER narrow. :( I've wanted a pair forever, finally ordered them and my heart sank when my medium width size seven foot squeezed in. Alas, no way to stretch them out and break them in without killing my feet given how stiff they are.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

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Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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December 16, 2014

Cassie B

from United States

I've had these boots for 5 years and I have worn them out to the desert, Black Rock City Burning Man 3 years in a row...in the snow in NE winters and all over South Florida and the Caribbean with skirts, jeans, shorts...you name it. The most gorgeous pair of boots I have ever owned. I adored them. I have had 100's of people ask me about these boots. I was traveling this year and some how one boot went missing. I'm buying a new pair right now! That doesn't change how I feel about the loss. I was absolutely devastated. I loved how they fit and felt when I wore them. I'm 5'8" and the boot was perfect height on my legs. Once they were broken in and worn from use they looked even more gorgeous. I kept the one stray boot! How crazy is that?! Buy a pair you will have them for life...if you don't lose one.

Brands I'd also recommend: Old Gringo, Frye

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 13, 2014

Anonymous

from Rehoboth Beach, DE

I bought these as a gift for my daughter. Having read all the positive reviews, I was sure that she would like them. She did but, they do not fit. She has problems with her feet and the boots were painful for her. No fault with the boots, just her bad feet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 13, 2014

Anonymous

from Atlanta, GA

I have been watching these boots over the years, and talking myself out of paying the cost. I'm so glad I decided to break down and buy them! They are my favorite boots! And so worth the cost. I did order 1/2 size down, as the reviews suggested and they fit perfect. This color is a good rugged brown that can go with brown or black. And, they are not too wide in the calf (I have small calves). These are well worth the money! I will have these for years!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 9, 2014

Anonymous

 

I bought this boot for my wife last year. It's really a great boot. BUT, the people at Frye really need to be checked for color blindness. Their "grey" is most definitely NOT grey. It is a shade of brown with maybe a slight grey tint. So if your wife asks for grey boots she may be disappointed.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 7, 2014

Toni

from Sunny So Csl

These are amazing! I ordered them and got these beauties in 2 days. The leather is Top notch quality. The soles, heel, stitching and harness are amazing. I have an arthritic heel, as a result from two (old) sprains. I wasn't sure if my ankle would make it through the boot without a zipper but with the help of the pull tabs, my feet went right in! I wear a 9 shoe and usually get a size 9 1/2 boot and ordered these in a 9 1/2. They are perfect! A little room in the toe and the heel doesn't slip and slide. A wonderful addition to my Frye collection!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 25, 2014

Karoline

from Bend (Central) Oregon

I've been thinking about buying this particular style of Frye boot for many years...I have several other styles of Frye boots...but typically leaned toward more "girly" styles, but I always eyed this boot when I saw other girls wear them, particularly with dresses! I finally bit the bullet and ordered a pair in the classic tan color. Got them tonight and have been wearing them around the house...and true to form, there is some heel slippage as is the case with most good quality cowboy style boot. Don't let that scare you...the leather is a bit thicker and sturdier than most other Frye boots...that just means hey will last forever! And to op it off, I am a bank teller and am on my feet for eight hours a day...not sure how these will fare due to the fact that they are a thicker leather...but I am determined to wear them to work tomorrow.

Brands I'd also recommend: Born

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 18, 2014

Lori W

from Michigan

LOVE! Worth every penny. First pair arrived and the appearance of the boots did not match. I called and within 24 hours a new pair were at my door! It did not take long to break in the leather. I have to force myself to wear other shoes because I want to wear these every day!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 12, 2014

Anonymous

from Saranac Lake, NY

My feet have been a size 10 forever. I was worried when the majority of the other reviews said order 1/2 size down. I bought the 10, and can see if I were to go barefoot, or only use slim socks how that would be appropriate. However I constantly wear thick wool socks, so the 10 was perfect. My heel did slip, but now is hugged by where the leather conformed. I love these books, and highly recommend them. I took away one star in comfort because after walking around a city all day I decided that insoles would be necessary.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 6, 2014

Carina A

from Southcoast, MA

Saw these boots on my friend's girlfriend a few years ago...thought they looked very rugged and manly but recently fell in love with them after seeing them so much, and reading all the reviews. I've been looking for a moto/biker boot but I also have a countryside so I decided the Frye harness 12r was both of those styles. Can't wait to wear them with my black tights and skinny jeans. I ordered them in Charcoal last night and they arrived at my doorstep today. Zappos is truly amazing. The boots were 100% as shown on the Original Frye website. Although I will say the charcoal is a lighter black ( it is not grey, and is almost black) which I love, considering the black was a little too black for my lighter more spring/summer outfits. The quality as mentioned in the 1,000 other reviews is SUPERB. Very sturdy, polished leather, and sexy. As for size I am usually a 7.5. I own a pair of Vince Camuto boots size 8 but for the most part I am always 7.5. ordered the 7 and wiggled my foot in . I have narrow feet compared to most and have to say it is very tight. I can see how anyone with wide feet would be very uncomfortable but I am convinced they will stretch. I love these boots so much that if I had wide feet I would put a stretch block in there and make it work. Just some advice. I am experiencing a very dramatic heel slip...a little concerned about it not sure if I should order a 6.5. Another review mentioned the heel slip and said it will lessen over time when it breaks in but I'm not so sure. All in all these boots are fabulous...expensive but I can see why. I live in New England and plan on wearing these in the snow, mud, sand, rain, and of course out on the town because they are so fabulous.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vince camuto, Minnetonka, Ugg

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 6, 2014

Anonymous

from North Yarmouth, Me

The absolute best boots out there. Comfortable and fashionable. I get compliments whenever I wear them. No break in period required.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 4, 2014

Gail T

from Boston

For dress and skirt lovers! The Frye Harness 12R in dark brown polished stonewash (a deep chestnut) has completed my boot collection for all time. Ladies of a certain age (I am 55), this review is for you. I had figured out how to look nightime-sleek and also how to dress down my wrap and sheath dresses for everyday, but I had had trouble figuring out what boots to wear for an everyday look with the "fit-and-flare" silhouette: ie, fitted bodice (or cardigan) and flirty flare skirt/dress that hangs just below the knees. This looks stumpy with tall riding boots, and tends to be look top-heavy with ankle-booties. Enter the Frye Harness 12R to bring this "fit-and-flare" outfit into perfect proportion! I also tried them with an olive cargo skirt that hangs just below the knee: again, perfect. As for sizing, I am a true size 8½ and they fit me perfectly in that size. This is my sixth pair of Frye boots and they all fit true to size for me: I have never been able to understand all the commotion about sizes on other people's reviews. They are comfortable right out of the box and the soles are built for a lifetime of city wear. Wish that I had bought these boots years ago - these are what was always missing! I will wear these boots for years to come.

Brands I'd also recommend: Stuart Weitzman Harbor Midcalf Wedge Boot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 22, 2014

Monica

from Cayucos, CA

I love these boots. Normally wear a size 9 in most all shoes and boots but ordered a 8 1/2 due to other reviews. The length is perfect however even with my narrow/small volume foot I found these boots to be extremely narrow in the forefoot. Heal width just right. I'm in the process of trying various boot stretching ideas to make them a little more comfortable.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 18, 2014

Anonymous

 

I have ordered three different size for this shoe and am finally settling on a half size larger than my normal Frye size. I wear a 7&1/2 but am keeping the 8. The toe box is extremely narrow and on my right foot, my toe next to my pinky toe is bigger than on my left. So my left foot is about a size 7 while my right is a size 7&1/2. The 7 in the harness boot were way too small on both feet. The 7&1/2 probably fit my left foot perfectly. The 8 fit my right foot perfectly so I am keeping the 8. These boots will not stretch out and you should always order your shoes to fit bigger than smaller. Unfortunately through exchanging three different pairs of shoes I have noticed that the quality control for Frye isn't very good. The first pair I got were perfect but too small for me. The leather was jet black and stiff. The second pair was still too small but was very chalky like the white paper liner they were shipped in had rubbed off on the leather. The third pair which fit me are chalky again and the leather is thin and dented on one shoe. I will try to exchange them for a better looking boot. But thanks to Zappos amazing customer service I have had each shoe within one day of exchange and this makes it super easy to try to find the best looking boot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 15, 2014

Anonymous

from Minneapolis, MN

Love! These boots are great! I ordered the Charcoal Old Town color and they are the perfect gray. Many grays I have ordered are more brown, taupe...anything but a true gray. I'm typically an 8 1/2 but went down a half size in this style. It was hard to decide on size as these boots can be tricky to get on if you have a high instep. I could get the 8 1/2 on quite easily but once my foot was in they felt too big. I tried the 8 on and off several times, it was challenging but I knew each time my foot finally got in, the length was the best. They are comfortable for walking and standing. I've worn them with and without socks. My new fav boots!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 15, 2014

Jen L

from Otsego, MN

Love these boots! One downfall is that they are narrow. I had to take them to a place to widen them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 29, 2014

Anonymous

from Salt Lake City, UT

Love, love, love these boots. Should have listened to the reviews that said to buy a half-size down. I ordered my usual size 9 and while I wouldn't say they were way too big they felt clunky and had lots of room in the heel. Was afraid with any stretching they would be huge. So I got size 8.5 and they are perfect. The toe box felt a tiny bit snug the first day I wore them after a few hours (not too short, just snug), but now after wearing a few more times they are perfect. I like to wear thin (Smartwool ultra-light running) socks under my boots - if you wear heavy socks you may want to order your normal size. This is my first pair of Fryes but pretty sure it won't be my last!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 17, 2014

Susan M

from Minnesota

I am a Frye lover. Purchased these in charcoal last year and decided to add a brownish color (dark crazy horse) to my wardrobe. I've worn the charcoal without socks but sized up 1/2 size for socks. I love the feel of thin socks and boots. These do not fit like a sneaker, they are boots. Zappos is the best. Customer service people feel like old friends. Thanks Zappos!

Brands I'd also recommend: Ariat, Dansko

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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July 10, 2014

DB

from Colorado

I've had these boots for years. I got the brown boots first and loved them so much I had to get the black. I wear them every chance I get and they are more comfortable than my other styles of Frye boots. I would highly recommend them. I usually wear 7 1/2 or 8 in most shoes and boots but the 7 1/2 fits great. Love these boots!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 30, 2014

Anhellica

from San Jose

I really wanted to like these boots. I ordered them in the 8.5 so that I could wear them with socks. My left foot kept slipping out. I exchanged them for a size 8, and though my left foot no longer slipped, the calf circumference was just too big on me. I'm not sure if that's how they'er supposed to fit? Nice boots but just not for me. :/

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 17, 2014

Lisa B

from Davis, CA

Like many many other reviewers I've had my eye on these boots for a long time. Originally tried the Melissa back zip which I had to send back since they 1) weren't lined and 2) had obviously been tried on before. Bummer! No big deal with Zappos of course. Anyhow back to the Harness 12R. I bought them in the Smoke Old Town which is a nice neutral dark brown with lots of variation in the color, with brown/black/grey tones that you could wear with black or brown. Woo frickn hoo! I'm usually a 6.5/7 and decided to take the advice of other reviewers and start with the 6.5. Had to struggle a bit to get them on and was starting to get bummed that I would have to return, but once they were on I didn't want to take them off - wore for about 3 hours around the house. Tried with thin socks and no socks - perfect since they will stretch with wear and I'll be able to wear with with thicker socks once they're more worn in. Excellent craftsmanship (unlike the Melissas). Long story short - love them and I'm so glad I finally took the plunge. I would recommend to try your true size first, at least in this color.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 3, 2014

CD

from Pittsburgh, PA

Love these boots. I am normally a size and ordered 7.5 after reading the other reviews. Plan to get them in black too. I love Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 31, 2014

Anonymous

 

I have been looking at these for years and finally took the plunge on this timeless style. I absolutely love them - they fit great and the leather smells divine. Would suggest them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Old GRINGO, luccesse

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 1, 2014

Anonymous

from Minnesota

For starters, Zappos has outdone themselves. I ordered these boots early afternoon one day and received them in less than 24 hours! Regarding the boots, I can't even begin to describe how beautiful they are! I ordered the Charcoal Old Town and I love the dark gray/black leather; these babies will go with everything. I've been eyeing these boots for a while now and finally decided to get them, and I'm so glad I did! I'm normally a 7.5 and ordered the 7, since I have narrow feet and they fit great. I can't wait for them to break-in a little more; they'll fit perfectly, then!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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