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What to expect from your Frye Arkansas Boots
on June 7, 2015
As everyone says, they do run large. When you get your boots, these are hand made and tumbled in wooden drum to soften up the leather. This does cause the leather to 'grey' and make the different pieces of leather used stand out. If you are not into the distressed leather look, and want a pair of true black/brown boots, get some leather conditioner, mink oil and polish the buggens out of them.
For the size difference from what you are used to wearing, these boots have no real cushion for the feet, you will want to get a pair of inserts for the bottom of your foot. Walking more than 20 feet in these is like going back to the early 1800's and everyone's feet are calloused from the shoes they wore. Once you put the insert in, these will fit your feet when you buy the size that you normally wear.
Here is a picture with the way the boots come on the left, and what they look like if you polish them up. Be warned, polish these outside, or your wife/significant other will turn parts of your anatomy into a purse for themselves. It takes a lot of polish to bring these back to black.