Frye has been around since 1863. In the notoriously fickle world of fashion, that’s an incredible achievement. How have they managed it? Simple. They make the kind of footwear you want to wear. Incredibly durable, incredibly comfortable, and about as stylish as you can get, their shoes, boots, and sneakers have captured the market in timeless, functional classics. If your sneaker collection is in need of some fresh blood, do it (and yourself) a favor by investing in a pair of Frye sneakers. To help you narrow down the options, we’ve scoured the market to find the five best pairs of Frye sneakers money can buy.
1. Frye Melanie Slip-On
Slip-on sneakers are the all-purpose shoe that every man, woman, and child needs in their life. Whether you’re hitting the gym, gearing up for a mammoth shopping spree, or heading to the park, a comfortable pair of slip-ons are the perfect footwear solution. Not only are they lighter and easier to wear than traditional sneakers, but their laceless design also makes them a breeze to pull on and off, making them ideal for those days you don’t have time to waste messing around with difficult shoes. But let’s face it, there’s not exactly a shortage of slip-on styles on the market. So, how do you go about choosing the perfect pair? For a start, you look for a pair that transcends fashion. If they’re too trendy, you can bet they’ll be relegated to the back of your closet by the end of the season. Secondly, you look for a pair that transcends occasion. After all, why spend a bunch of your hard-earned dollars on a pair of kicks that are only good for one thing? Lastly, you look for a pair that your feet will thank you for wearing: no matter how stylish a pair of sneakers, if they don’t tick the comfort box, you’re never going to wear them… and if you do, you’re going to regret it the moment that first blister surfaces. The Melanie Slip-On delivers on all fronts. Crafted from antiqued vintage leather and featuring white rubber toe bumpers, white soles, and contrast cross-stitches for decoration, they’re a simple but striking sneaker that packs a big punch.
2. Frye Lena Zip High Sneaker
Priced at around $258, the Lena Zip High isn’t the cheapest sneaker around. But is it worth the investment? 100 percent. Thanks to an achingly cool high top profile, they’re guaranteed to inject a big dose of style into your footwear collection. The uppers are crafted from an exquisitely supple soft oiled Italian suede. A comfortable, gripped white rubber sole is as flexible and hardwearing as a dream. The double-faced zip front delivers an edgy accentuation that’s complemented perfectly by the refined stitched topline. Comfort comes by way of an insanely cozy molded footbed and a well-padded tongue. If you looking for a sneaker that delivers comfort and style in equal measure, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Frye Ludlow Slip-on Sneaker
If you want a pair of sneakers that are as easy to style as they are to wear, don’t miss the Ludlow Slip-on Sneaker. Recommended as one of the 10 Best Frye Sneakers of 2020 by Review Worthys, they’re the ideal sneaker for those days when you want to look sharp but don’t have time to waste worrying about your footwear. Described by Frye as ‘the coolest way to go’ and capable of working in ‘ a variety of style scenarios,’ the Ludlow Slip-on transcends styles and fashions to create a timeless, classic kick that promises much and delivers more. Made from incredibly supple goat leather, their outstandingly comfortable and flexible fit will leave your feet feeling pampered. Further comfort comes by way of the elasticated sides. The thick, hardwearing rubber sole ensures excellent grip and traction on even the slipperiest of surfaces. The slip-on style, meanwhile, ensures easy on-off. Available in a choice of either black/ white or grey, they’re a great choice for style-savvy customers who aren’t prepared to sacrifice style for comfort. There are cheaper sneakers available (don’t expect much change from $158), but you’ll struggle to find many better.
4. Frye Ludlow High Canvas Print Sneaker
Review Skill has ranked the Frye Ludlow High Canvas Print Sneaker as one of Frye’s best endeavors to date. It’s easy to understand why. Even without the fantastically modest price tag of $79, these would still be a great pair of sneakers. With great looks, Frye’s signature combination of comfort and utility, and a hefty dose of street style, they’re guaranteed to be your next favorite obsession. Buyers can expect an upper crafted from hard-wearing canvas along with a thick rubber sole for traction. The smart, minimalist aesthetic adds a polished look to even the most casual of outfits, lending the sneakers a versatile vibe that will make them a welcome addition to any closet. As Tneu Avenue says, ‘everyone needs at least one pair of high-top shoes in their wardrobe.’ We’d recommend you make them these.
5. Frye Lena Zip Low Sneaker
Frye advertises its Lena Zip Low as their most comfortable sneaker yet. It doesn’t disappoint. A leather lining keeps your feet blissfully fresh and comfortable all day long. A rubber outsole has enough grip and traction to keep you firmly on your feet no matter how slippery the conditions. A removable footbed ensures optimal support. A padded tongue keeps your feet perfectly pampered no matter how much time you spend on them. The list goes on, but we’ll leave the comfort to one side for now and move on to the style. And what style. The low-top profile is an evergreen classic, perfect for matching with just about any outfit in your closet. A double-faced zip running along the front of the leather upper adds an edgy touch that offsets the otherwise simple design to perfection. The 1-inch outsole adds a nice boost to your height without sacrificing comfort. The uppers themselves are crafted from tumbled cow leather. Thanks to the dry tumbling process Frye uses, the leather manages to retain its clean finish while still being fabulously soft. Hand-stitched detailing along the upper adds plenty of flair. The double X signature detail on the back attests to the sneaker’s provenance. Priced at $228, they’re a great investment piece.