FRYE Women's Melissa Button Boot

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  • 100% Leather
  • Leather sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 15" from arch
  • Heel measures approximately 1"
  • Boot opening measures approximately 15.5" around
  • For over 155 years, Frye's iconic boots have defined eras, embodied social movements, outlasted trends and defied time. Frye captures the essence of timeless American style - the promise of a dream.
  • STYLE AND DESIGN: A Frye classic, the equestrian-inspired design is a staple in every woman's closet. Whether you desire a pull on, zip up, or bootie, there is a Melissa for you. Choose between a classic smooth or a western washed leather.
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In 1863, John A. Frye opened the doors to his very first store, paving the way for countless generations of Frye artisans dedicated entirely to the art of craftsmanship.

The result is beautifully made footwear, bags and accessories with a long and illustrious history. Today that legacy continues with the introduction this fall of Frye’s first-ever apparel collection for men and women.

Rooted in tradition, Frye was originally inspired by our everyday American heroes over the decades. Cavalry infantrymen. World War II soldiers. Fighter pilots. Factory workers. Frye traveled the world on the feet of our servicemen — even General Patton. News of Frye’s outstanding quality and reputation spread. Frye has since become an American icon, outfitting many of the world’s biggest names from John Lennon to Jackie O. Chosen for its inimitable style and uncompromising quality, Frye is a longtime favorite of rock stars and celebrities alike.

Frye’s iconic boots have defined eras, embodied social movements, outlasted trends and defied time. Frye captures the essence of timeless American style – the promise of a dream.

That promise is held deep within the DNA of our very own genetic codes. Embedded within our legendary and historic styles remains a wellspring of the promise of adventure, courage and individual freedom. Against the backdrop of the great American landscape, Frye’s place in history is assured. There are many lookalikes but only one Frye. The Original. The Authentic. The Only.

Product description

Perfectly sleek, this gorgeous leather boot incorporates subtle polished detail to accentuate a tucked-in look. If your foot is between sizes, we recommend you order the larger of the two. If you have a wide foot, be sure to check out our styles that come in wide sizes; however if only regular widths is available in the style you like, you might need to order a half size up.When you receive your boots, always try them on in the afternoon for the best true fit, as that’s when your foot tends to be at its largest

The Frye Company is the oldest continuously operated shoe company in the United States. Founded in 1863 by John A. Frye, a well-to-do shoemaker from England, and family-run until 1945, Frye products have a long and illustrious history. Frye boots were worn by soldiers on both sides of America's Civil War, soldiers in the Spanish-American war, and by Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. When home-steading drew adventurous New England families to the West during the mid and late 1800's many of the pioneers wore Frye Boots for the long journey. Today Frye remains true to its roots with its line of heritage boots, but continues to innovate as it introduces chic new handbags, pumps, and sandals to its collection.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5 x 5 x 5 inches; 1.2 Pounds
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ Original Melissa Button
  • Department ‏ : ‎ Womens
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ October 4, 2011
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ Frye
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004P2Y7EE
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful boots...from a distance
By mellymel on September 6, 2019
I've been a loyal Frye wearer for at least 7 years, and owned other Melissas, Veronica, Olive, Carson, Dara, Campus and some others. While I'm not a shoe and leather goods aficionado, my last two Frye purchases (including these) have been major disappointments.

When I received these, they came in the notorious matte black box instead of the usual white glossy box. Upon unboxing, they smelled great, the gray color (Smoke) was really lovely, and the leather on the shaft was nice and soft as expected.

With some difficulty and straining, I was able to pull these on. Yes, the ankle is very tight and so is the toebox. I bought an 8 and am a true 8, but have rather narrow feet and narrow calves/ankles. These fit just fine length-wise.

Upon closer inspection, I was really disappointed by the quality of these boots. They're acceptable but not for Frye. Maybe Steve Madden? Or some shady "Boot Outlet" you'd drive by in the midwest where boots are "buy 1 get 2 free."

The sole and heel are simply egregious. Those of you who have worn Fryes know that there are traditionally metal cobblers' pegs that run along both sides of the arch, something these are clearly missing. I own the Campus boots as well, and the "lug" bottom on these is not rubbery, grippy, or anything representing a "lug" bottom except the patterning. On these boots they feel more like a sad hard plastic (think Rubbermaid plastic totes).

Even worse than the lug patterning though, is the heel. As my boyfriend (a more seasoned Frye wearer) said: "they look like outlet heels." The heel of a Frye boot should be a smooth stacked heel of good quality leather and polished to a semi-gloss when new. Smooth and heavy/dense to the touch. These looked like someone took a stack of beef jerky, half-heartedly squeezed them in a stack, and cut the stack with a dull knife. There's not polish to them, they look haggard and poorly cut, their density is on par with the budget line of Penguin Classics at Barnes & Noble, and are rough to the touch. The heels look like someone forgot to finish them, at the very least.

Less major complaints:
I understand that there is natural variation in leather, and it can be beautiful (this is the case in my other Frye boots, and they're beautiful). But the variation in the color on these boots isn't due to natural variation in the leather--it looks like someone took a 99 cent paintbrush from Home Depot and slapped some dye on these in one runny, thin coat. It's streaky and cheap looking. I always treat my boots with Frye's leather conditioner and waterproofing spray, so it doesn't bother me so much (they're much darker now and the weird dye pattern isn't really visible), but if you plan to wear these without treating them, beware the 3rd grade art project level of precision.

My last and least concerning gripe: the little Frye logo buttons on the pulls look cheap. They appear to be metal, but might as well be plastic. The Frye logo and surrounding print look like someone took a rubber stamp and stamped too hard, smearing all the font. The distressing/weathering of the buttons looks hackish and overly done (think Hobby Lobby "vintage"). I don't like branding and logos being overly present in any case, so I'm glad these buttons are small but I wish they had stuck to well-chiseled, durable metal hardware. Remember the brushed metal Frye rivets that were flat and just had the double F? I wish these tacky shiny buttons were those instead. These look Michael Kors-level flash with no quality.

On a positive note, the calves are really well-shaped for those with narrower calves (gaping riding boots--no thanks) and are nice and tall, and look quite elegant from a distance. Today is my second day wearing them and they are already feeling a little more comfortable/broken in, and the leather lining inside is nice and soft. The pulls seem well stitched and sturdy (you'll need them to get these boots on the first few times), but I am skeptical and will see if they hold up.

I'm still hoping these will wear reasonably well and look better with age (as they should), but I suspect I will need to get them resoled much sooner than other Fryes, and I will be relieved to do so and get a decent quality sole put on.

And yes, I could just buy the Made in America line, but why aren't Fryes made in America anymore? Or at least made in Mexico but with the same standards? I like my Campus boot, but a girl can't just wear square toed everything all the time.

Frye, I beg of you--go back to making things in America and done well. No more flashy trashy aluminum hardware and plastic soles. I don't mind the $400+ price tag if I'm buying real Fryes that I can wear out in the field, around the office, and everywhere in between, but if this is what Frye has become, I'm better off buying some made in China garbage I'll trash remorselessly in a few months.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2015
Size: 9Color: Dark Brown Washed Antique LeatherVerified Purchase
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for calves over 15" - love the boots, but they must go back
By M. L. Arnold on December 16, 2015
I love these boots! The leather is gorgeous, the boot fit is great. I ordered a size 9 - I wear usually between 8.5 and 9. I was able to slide them right on, with a little room in the toe box, and a little heel slippage.

BUT - the calf is too tight!!! I have a 16 inch calf, and these are like wearing a tourniquet on my legs - I could only stand them for about 10 minutes. I just ordered the wide calf, and they will be here in a couple of days - cross fingers they fit because I love the boots. I see so many reviews that say the same thing - unless you have skinny legs, don't bother ordering. FRYE needs to pay attention to the reviewers.

Do yourself a favor - measure your calves first. If they are over 15 inches, order the extended (wide) calf. I'll post an update when I receive the new pair on Friday. I want to love these boots!!!

12-18-15 Update: The extended calf boots arrived today, and they fit perfectly! The cognac color is beautiful - I have to say I'm happy I had to return the dark brown - which are still beautiful, but the cognac is perfect.

Thought I'd take some photos of the color difference before I return the dark brown boots. These are untouched other than cropping. The dark brown is beautiful, but I really prefer the cognac.

Also, the extended (wide) calf is a little taller than the regular calf. I'm posting photos of the calf width and boot height for reference. They are both size 9.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
Size: 7Color: CognacVerified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY NARROW but BEAUTIFUL COGNAC!!!
By Whitney on December 27, 2018
Edit: Two pics of boots off were taken after a full season of wear. Even with a little more distressing, they’re still my favorite go-to boot!

I LOVE these boots. Decided to purchase the button lug over the regular Melissa boot bc of the added traction on the sole. The sole does not look too “rough” and can still be dressed up or casual. Fit TTS for me, but I have a very narrow foot. Ankle and toe box are VERY slim but fit like a glove around my calves. They did stretch to my foot after wearing. Cognac color is gorgeous. Yes you have to tug a little to get them off, but that’s expected with no zippers-love the simple look for that reason!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful boots
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 8, 2013
Size: 9Color: Black Smooth Vintage LeatherVerified Purchase
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1.0 out of 5 stars terrible boots
Reviewed in Canada on July 13, 2020
Size: 11Color: BlackVerified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Boots
Reviewed in Canada on March 3, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really like the rugged leather of this boots!!!
Reviewed in Canada on March 6, 2017
Size: 6.5Color: Cognac Washed Antique LeatherVerified Purchase
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Emma Fairhurst
5.0 out of 5 stars True to size
Reviewed in Canada on November 29, 2018
Size: 8.5Color: Cognac Smooth Vintage LeatherVerified Purchase