The Frye Company was founded by John A. Frye, who opened a small shop on Elm Street in Marlboro, Massachusetts on March 10th, 1863. The shoes he made weren’t fashion icons or fanciful in style. They served a simple purpose: to ease the daily working lives of the hundreds of factory workers in that small New England town.
In time, John Frye’s family would grow and, along with it, The Frye Company would expand. Each generation of Frye men dedicated themselves to the art and craft of shoemaking, creating new patterns, discovering new materials, and even inventing shoe-making machinery. Their committment to crafting footwear as durable as it is beautiful has been The Frye Company’s benchmark, ever since. And this dedication has helped Frye craft footwear with a long and illustrious history. Frye boots are rooted in a rich tradition and continues to draw inspiration from American heritage.
Today, Frye boots hold a treasured place in American culture. The current line still includes many styles based closely on their 1860 originals. Frye boots are made with the same level of craftsmanship that has carried the legacy of John A. Frye for over 150 years. The Frye Company sources its leather from the finest tanneries all over the world, then carefully selects manufacturing facilities globally based on their specific strengths and handcraft abilities.
This is the story of Frye's history and heritage, told in every stitch of every shoe they have made, across cultural shifts and changes in fashion, for generation upon generation. Now, Frye boots are accessorized and envied on city streets, worked and roughed up on country roads, and chosen above all others for their inimitable style and uncompromising quality.