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Frye Arkansas Mid Lace Reviews

29 reviews
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Overall Rating:

71%Rated 5 stars

21%Rated 4 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

45% "Felt a half size larger "

100% "Felt true to width"

56% "Moderate arch support"

27 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 8/6/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Beautiful, well constructed, boot. The leather and finish are wonderful; suitable for casual wear anywhere. The sole is solid and comfortable. Construction quality is excellent. I ordered my normal size 10 and they were too large. Returned those and got a 9.5 which is perfect. The Zappos free return policy is superb and the customer service unmatched. Thanks

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2 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 3/26/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I bought these in May 2011. In just a matter of weeks, one of the heels fell off and I had to take them to a repair shop. As of March 2012, both boots have large holes in the bottom of the soles. While these are very comfortable, I suggest looking elsewhere if you want something to wear on a daily basis.

Additional 9 Arkansas Mid Lace Frye Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 9, 2011

Anonymous

from San Francisco area

Beautiful boot, classic style and nice soft leather. Feels like bison. Heavy in weight, but that makes it a better boot. I put an insole in it to make it fit and that's a good thing.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 15, 2011

Joel L

from Houston, TX

I'm a size 11 and I bought a size 11. There is the right amount of room at the toe. The leather is soft and easily broken in, yet tough. I use them for motorcycle riding, and with a pair of jeans in cooler weather. They are not too heavy, and not too light. Very casual for a boot. Very comfortable. I like them a lot.

Brands I'd also recommend: Red Wing

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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March 22, 2011

Urban D

from Chicago

Comfortable right out of the box. I expected a break in period but, really, there wasn't one. I wore them five hours the first day and ten the next. No discomfort at all. Great boots. Stylish, comfortable, practical, very well made. I expect that they will last through more than one resoling. Highly recommended.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 8, 2011

Erik S

 

A little more pointy than I am used to (I usually prefer a more squared-off toebox). A bit stiff out of the gate, but after 3-4 days, very comfy and soft leather. Solid, basic, seem like they'll last for quite awhile. Can be dressed up or down. I wear an 8.5, and definitely needed the 8 here.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 31, 2010

Anonymous

from Massachusetts

Could be the finest lace up boot I have ever purchased! The leather is awesome and the overall quality of the product is awesome. You get what you pay for! Like my other pair of Frye boots, these are going to take a little while to break in. Like other reviews, they tend to be a bit flat with arch support so it is a great idea to add an insert. They feel a bit big until you slip those in there.

Brands I'd also recommend: red wing, chippewa

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 4, 2010

Mario r

from New Jersey

I love these boots! Originally I was looking for a sturdy work boot that might double as a casual boot, after work. What I received is a boot so well made, so good looking, I'll have to revive my search for a pair of boots I can wear just for work.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 2, 2010

Nathan J

from Madison, WI

Very handsome boots. Work well as a crossover between casual and dressy. Rugged, but not burly. Clearly made extremely well. Comfort is good, except that the insole is essentially flat (and it's nonremovable.) I just got a pair of the blue Superfeet (for what it's worth, the "F" size fits the size 11 Frye's perfectly with no trimming) and they feel much better. Other than that, fantastic boots.

Brands I'd also recommend: Timberland

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 21, 2010

Anonymous

from Harrisburg, PA

I had been looking for a nice dress boot that I can wear around the office or out on the weekends. These are the boot. The styling is classic. And the overall construction? Let me tell you, I'd put these head and shoulders above any pair of boots that you can find, including Red Wings, any day of the week. I'm convinced that they will last many years. When I first pulled them out of the box, the smell of genuine leather was overwhelming and they initially creaked and groaned like a leather horse saddle. But after about two days, they're worn in and already feel like they're a part of my feet. This pair of boots give me a glimmer of hope that if you look hard enough, you can still find quality, handmade products that are made in the USA and are a proud example of the craftsmanship that made this country what it is. Your search is over. Get these boots.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 7, 2011

RafikNY

from New York City

I originally purchased a pair of Dunham's that were defective. Not wanting to get skunked again, I made sure I got a boot made in the USA. So I got the Frye Arkansas mid-lace. Great shoe but not Water Proof. Also these needed some time to break in (wore them every day for a week). The shoes pinched my heel at first but since they are made of leather they stretched and fit like a glove now. Do yourself a huge favor, get gel inserts and waterproofing solution and these Frye's will be perfect. The shoes are sturdy, have good ankle support, look great and should last a long time.

Brands I'd also recommend: Ecco

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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March 5, 2011

Anonymous

from Brooklyn, NY

Solid shoe. Read that it was rough on the peds but haven't needed a support. Very well made and simple stylish perfect for work. Highly recommend.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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December 9, 2010

Anonymous

from chicago

Impressed by the boot. Beautiful and exceptionally well made. Exceeded my expectations. One of the highest quality products I have ever seen. It makes me think of the low quality of most of the things that are sold to us. I did find the sole too hard but I will take it for the quality of the boot; I will just add a light insole. I absolutely recommend this boot.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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March 26, 2012

Denis S

from Warwick, NY

I bought these in May 2011. In just a matter of weeks, one of the heels fell off and I had to take them to a repair shop. As of March 2012, both boots have large holes in the bottom of the soles. While these are very comfortable, I suggest looking elsewhere if you want something to wear on a daily basis.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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February 18, 2013

Tim

from Indiana

Just what I was looking for. A boot that is both stylish and commanding. A boot that says, "Why, thank you--I AM no stranger to fashion," yet simultaneously suggests to any would-be ne'er-do-wells that should cross my path that I am not to be trifled with. It looks very classy dressed up for a nice dinner with my lady, and with a pair of Levi's is also tough enough to head for the hills in the event of society's sudden collapse. When first removing my pair of Arkansas Mid Lace from their box, I was transported back in time to an age when there was no such thing as inferior leather, and when footwear was made to be taken to the grave. The workmanship is about as good as anything I've seen (I exchanged a pair of Red Wings for these), and the thick, robust leather is also soft and forgiving on your foot. I have owned these for about six months, and they have already made it through the harshest part of winter (not without a goodly treatment of mink oil, mind you). The few minor nicks and scuffs acquired along the way don't show too much, yet still lend very well to the rugged and rustic aesthetic of these kicks. Minus one star on comfort because they are lacking in arch support and cushion. This is hardly felt with a thick pair of socks, and insoles are easy to come by.

Brands I'd also recommend: Chippewa

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 30, 2012

Chick

from far west texas

My first pair of Frye boots, the Arkansas are svelte without being precious. They're so nice people think it's a shame I'm using them for work. They were painless to break in but are holding their shape very well. So far a better match than the Red Wings I wore for many years.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 6, 2012

Dan

from Morgan Hill, CA

These are pretty nice boots but there were unfortunately a few shortcomings causing me to return them in favor of nicer models. Overall, having looked at many medium to high end boots, I think these are also somewhat overpriced given their construction (unlined and synthetic lining, rubber sole). Positives: - Really nice exterior leather. It's thick and yet soft. Feels wonderful, comfortable, conforming, and durable. I like the exterior so much I wish they sold a better pair of boots with this exterior leather but better interior construction. - Made in USA. - Great medium-casual work-boot style, love the overall cut and appearance. Negatives: - Horrible leather cut laces that have way too much friction. They won't slide through the great eyelet system to pull tighter or looser. Difficult both on and off. If this was the only flaw in the boot, I'd certainly replace with round black boot laces and be thrilled with the lace system. - Unlined leather main body. At this price point the boots should be leather lined. - Synthetic lined toe section. At this price point the boots should be leather lined. I would have preferred these have a leather sole with rubber tread overlays on toes and heel, but there's room in the world for nice boots with an all-rubber sole so I won't ding them on this, other than that the price should be lower with a cheaper sole. The overall fit is larger than average. Plenty of width and room in the toe box, more than average. Also length is a half size long. Seriously consider ordering a half size smaller than your normal shoes and measurements from a standard foot size device.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vintage Shoe Company

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 27, 2013

Anonymous

 

This is an update from my review posted in November 21, 2010. Wow, the price shot up. As my review stated below, I wore these every day in an office type environment and only occasionally out in the field. Well, nearly three years later, the boots are falling apart. The leather heel insole pad which is only glued, came unattached after about 6 months of wear. I emailed Frye to see what would be done to remedy it and received no response. Disappointing. The leather has also become separated from the welting at the heel. I had the soles replaced once, but I'm not putting any more money into these things. They're shot. It's a shame because they wore in well and are very comfortable. The rest of the shoe just didn't hold up. Surprising due to the light duty they saw. I'll be trying a pair of Iron Rangers next.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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March 15, 2015

Kelly

from San Diego

The color is very rich in person. These can be dressed up or dressed down. They make jeans look very professional which is hard to do! I've gotten many compliments on them. The leather is very good quality. They seem like they will last a long time!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 25, 2014

Tom P

from Providence, Rhode Island

You can get a better price in lots of places but for selection and fast, free shipping Zappos is the best place to shop.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 20, 2014

Anonymous

from Indianapolis, IN

Debated on these for months due to price. Ultimately gave in due to the amazing look of them. Still a little shocked on price, simply because I normally don't buy shoes/boots near this price range. But must say they look amazing and are by far the most comfortable boot I own. Right out of the box, they were just as comfortable as tennis shoes. And they continue to get more comfortable as I wear them and break them in. Price aside, I'm so happy I finally made the purchase and only wish I wouldn't have waited so long.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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February 14, 2014

Jun A

from United States

First, I ordered these boots on Thursday at about 11 AM. I got it the following day, Friday at about 3 PM. And I didn't even have to pay extra for any fancy shipping. I have ordered numerous items from Zappos thru the years, and I truly believe that they are the best online retailer out there. Second, the boot itself. I have been looking at this boot for quite some time now. I am just an ordinary working guy, and this Frye boot is quite expensive for me. When I first took it out of the box, I compared it with my current pair of boots, a Doc Marten. I can easily see why this Frye boot costs $200 more than the Doc. The leather is much thicker and of better quality than my Docs. I put it on and walked around the house. It is very comfortable out of the box. And yes, it runs big. All my other shoes are size 9. My Frye boots are size 8 and it compares and feels very much the same as my size 9 doc Marten. I am very satisfied with these boots.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 4, 2013

John

from Phoenix

The boots are excellent. Been wearing them daily for about a month now. They definitely run big size-wise, and you'll definitely need an insole, the foot bed is really flat and not terribly padded. But it's quality, that's for sure. Zappos, as usual, got them to me in an instant, I don't know how they do it for free.

Brands I'd also recommend: Chippewa, Red Wing, Bed Stu

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 4, 2013

Paul F

from Agua Dulce, CA

These boots are extremely well made and are without a doubt the finest boots that I could find. I wear a size 10½ and after reading a few other reviews I decided to size down half a size. They were too snug and so I reordered my regular size for a perfect fit. I plan on wearing these for two weeks in rainy northern Italy this winter so having a rubber, non-slip sole was a requirement for me. Except for possibly Red Wing, I challenge anyone to find better made boots anywhere. And thanks, Zappos, for your lightning free shipping and very friendly return policy! This is my second purchase for footwear with Zappos this year and you can bet that I will be back for my other needs in the future.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 27, 2013

Susan R

from Northville, MI

I bought these boots for my son's birthday on Wednesday, and he received them on his birthday on Friday. Excellent service! The guy who took my order, Kurt, I think it was, was so very cool! Very professional but very cordial and helpful. My son "LOVED" the boots, he said... they fit perfectly. He really is enjoying wearing them. Zappos is such a great company with which to do business.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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February 5, 2014

Anonymous

 

One month of wear in them and I'm very satisfied. Made in the USA and generally a good value for the money. I purchased them as a work boot/shoe, but they are quite handsome, so I can imagine wearing them with jeans or chinos on a casual day or evening out. Some of the details aren't so great however. They're only partially lined and they've absolutely no arch support. The profile of the shoe is also quite slim. So, if you want them for all day wear or cold weather, size up half a size to make room for inserts and/or thicker socks.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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