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3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better., February 21, 2013
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This review is from: FRYE Men's James Lace Up Boot (Apparel)
I normally wear a size 11 in Vans and Adidas. I ordered the size 11 in the James Lace Up and they were way too big. Sent them back for a 10.5 They arrived and were also too big. I held out for a while on getting the 10, fearing that they would be too small. I bit the bullet a few weeks ago, and they were snug, but I thought I'd give them a try and decided to wear them out of the house (no turning back). After a couple hours in them, my feet would go numb, so I took them to a shoe repair shop to have them stretched. After 3 days on the stretcher with leather stretching solution, they felt a lot better. The night I picked them up, however, they shrank back and are still too small and are too uncomfortable to wear all day.
Also, they arrive with a very cheesy grey finish sprayed on them. Removing it was pretty easy- just about 15 minutes with a towel and some elbow grease.
I still have my pair of brown 12" harness Frye USA boots from high school and love them, but I was saddened to see that these Frye boots were made in Mexico. The grey spray notwithstanding, the overall quality of materials and craftsmanship is satisfactory, to be expected for the $$$. I just wish they fit like my other Frye boots. Oh well.
If you decide to order them, make certain that they fit very well before deciding to keep them, as attempting to stretch them has proven to be futile. Also, keep in mind that you'll be paying the Frye USA premium for Frye Mexico boots.

Update: Feb.2015 (~24 months after buying)

The leather on the inner forefoot of my right boot has failed along the stitched seam. While at school the other day where the boot 'breaks' (folds with every step btwn my foot and toes) I noticed a bit of a different feel... I looked down and noticed that I could see my sock. The leather actually was tearing along the stitching (think "tear along the perforated line"). It's obviously way too late to make a warranty claim based on time (certainly not miles b/c I only wear these ~2 times / month). Idk, all things being equal, if it were 10 years from now and I had the option to buy or not buy these again, I would definitely seek better boots elsewhere.

Sorry Frye. I still have my 12" dingo boots from you guys that I bought in HS, but these will not see the light of my kids' day unfortunately. We had a good run.
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2013 4:33:42 PM PDT
scottjl says:
Are you aware the "grey spray" isn't spray at all but leather "bloom"? Pretty common to any leather clothing and is usually just buffed off.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 29, 2014 10:30:28 AM PDT
Evan says:
I was not aware of that. Thank you. I understood the "grey spray" to be a gimmick by the manufacturer to offer a boot that appeared 'worn and distressed' out of the box. Thank you for the info.
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