If you’ve been searching for a classic, chic pair of boots that will last for years to come, congratulations, you’ve found them! Made by the renowned American shoemakers, The Frye Company, these versatile, go-with-everything Shirley Artisan Tall riding boots are an investment piece that you can rely on for comfort and style. And, if you have slim calves, you’ll especially love this particular pull-on style, which is cut narrower in the calf than similar boots.
Exquisitely made and intricately detailed, these boots have been crafted with all the care and attention that you’d expect from one of America’s most respected boot companies. They are truly elegant and elevated in style, yet the details are subtle enough that you can wear them every day. Made of washed vintage leather for a rugged feel and extra durability, these boots feature raw edges for a worn-in vibe. Unlike factory-made boots, each of these boots has a unique, individual character thanks to the artistically-finished hand stitching on the back and sides of the boot. Frye even incorporates the unusual touch of hand burnishing for the toes and heels.
In your choice of charcoal gray, black, dark brown, or whiskey hues, the Italian leather used for these boots is of the finest quality. With the exception of a small piece of rubber used on the outsole to increase stability and prevent excessive wear-and-tear, these boots are 100% leather. In addition to a leather outside, they’re fully lined in the same Italian leather (for cushioning) and feature a stacked leather heel and a leather and rubber outsole. While all of the color choices are gorgeous, in particular, the whiskey color option is well-loved by reviewers for its originality—it’s a really unique shade of brown that has a nice shiny quality.
For measurements, the Frye slim riding boots have a heel height of 0.75 inches, making them a low-heeled, comfortable choice. The added cushioning provided by the leather lining also ensures you can stay on your feet for long periods with these. The boots come up about 15.25 inches tall and are narrow through the calves; the boot opening (shaft circumference) is slim at 13.75 inches. The boot platform measures 0.25 inches. Though they have a pull-on construction instead of a zipper, many reviewers report that these are very easy to slip on and that they are true-to-size, despite being narrow and slim in the calves. Even though they may feel a bit tight in the calf at the start, this is characteristic of the leather, which will lose its initial stiffness and stretch a bit (but not too much!) after an hour or so of wear.
These boots will be your new go-to footwear, and you’ll love them for many years. Happy shopping!