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- 100% Leather
- Synthetic sole
- Shaft measures approximately 12.25" from arch
- Heel measures approximately 1.5"
- Platform measures approximately 0.5"
- Boot opening measures approximately 15" around
- Classic squared-toe harness boot with double pull handles and western heel
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A squared toe and brushed-metal harness detail lend rugged character to this vintage leather boot.
The men's Harness 12R boot from Frye has a rugged character and rough attitude but exudes pure style. This attractive pull-on boot has an oiled leather upper with brushed metal hardware, decorative ankle harness with o-ring detail, a 15 inch calf circumference, neoprene oil resistant soles with a full-length leather midsole for maximum comfort and durability, and a cushioned insole for additional comfort. Made in USA.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Date First Available: September 14, 2004
- ASIN: B000JFLG6I
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Honestly, I just ordered these from Amazon 10 minutes ago but I just got back from Nordstrom where I almost bought them on the spot but didn't as Amazon currently has a sale.
I used to wear cowboy-like boots as a kid and am just getting back into the boot style - rustic, classy, manly. I've wanted the Frye 8/12R Harness for the past five years but never went beyond dreaming as I thought the cost was high. Amazon was having a sale so I decided to act and went to Nordstrom to try them on.
I typically wear a 10.5 in sneakers (Nikes, Adidas) and the 9.5 is the size that worked best for me. The 10 felt okay but loose enough to not feel perfect... the 9.5 hit the spot and they still felt extremely comfortable with no tightness. I have what I consider thinner legs and ankles so perhaps that's why I had to go down a full size - I can basically slide my foot in the 12R with no resistance at all. I imagine that many people buy boots online and assume that the size they bought is perfect when a size lower would actually work even better (as I easily could have gone with a 10 without trying a 9.5) - so definitely try these on in a store or order 2 pairs and return the 2nd.
These (the 12R and 8R gaucho) looked amazing in the mirror with jeans on - I was really impressed and excited - they really look awesome. I don't think I can include more positive words in that description but they deserve it.
I'm 5'11, 32.5 inseam - the 12R and 8R both felt good but I liked the upper leg coverage (the feel when static and moving)and will like it and the added warmth even more come winter. I think when you buy a boot of this style that you should go with the full-fledged boot style.
It looks like Frye is selling their latest 12R and 8R @ $390 in two colors that I do not like as much as I do the gaucho/dark brown. I imagine they'll release more colors but I believe that is a $100 MSRP hike from this previous version. ...So that stinks and I suggest buying now while they are the lower cost.
Sweet A... boots - I'm excitedly waiting for them to arrive so I can wear them around town and to work. I highly suggest you buy them based on their style/look/fit.
Visually, these boots are almost exactly what I was looking for. They'd be exactly what I was looking for if they came with a real leather sole, but the rubber sole is more practical.
Getting a pair that (mostly) fit wasn't easy. First I tried the size I wear in my work boots. Frye's medium width is very narrow by comparison, so I tried getting the same size in wide, (not easy to find). My feet were swimming in those, I could barely keep the right one on. (My left foot is slightly bigger).
The closest I could come to getting a decent fit was to go for the wide width in a 1/2 size smaller than my work boots and a full size smaller than a shoe, but still my right heel really slips, but oddly enough doesn't blister even after walking in them all day. The left foot felt cramped the first day or so, but either the boot stretched a bit or my foot compressed a bit, either way I'm comfortable.
After getting used to them, I don't want to wear anything else, not even more comfortable shoes. I wouldn't want to go for a run in them, or an all-day hike, but for everything else they're great. Noisy, but great. Where I work you can hear a pin drop, and the flapping of the boot tops against the inside of my jeans echoes around the building. But the noise is worth it, at least to me, but I can't speak for my coworkers. I just feel good clumping around in these for some reason, they're not like any other footwear I've owned.
So why four stars? The leather. I got the "Gaucho" leather, and while it looks great, I have no idea how to care for it. I'm not sure if it's "Nubuck" leather or not, Frye doesn't say on their site. So I called the company and they told me NOT to use their leather care products on the boots. So I asked what I should use on them, and they said they don't endorse any product for the leather.
Obviously Frye knows how to treat the leather, they're not rawhide, so why can't they share that information with their customers? Why keep it secret?
If anyone knows what to put on these to keep the leather nice, please respond to this review in a comment. I plan to wear these boots a lot and I don't want the leather falling apart in a few years.
I wear a size 9.5 to 10 (depending on the shoe), so after reading the reviews about 1/2 size smaller, I ordered a 9.5m. They did not fit, I could not even get my foot in. OK, sent back and ordered a size 10. Well, it was close, as I got my left boot on (barley), but could not get the right one on. I am now debating on ordering again.
Seems to be a really good pair of boots and maybe one day, I will actually get a pair that fit. We shall see.
Update: I bought these boots that a half size bigger (10.5). The right foot was still tight, but eventually worked in over the course of a few months. These are Great pair of Boots!!!!!