I wanted these so bad! Ordered, came the next day (nice) and the buckle across the ankle wouldn't allow my foot to enter the boot on the left? The right one went on but the left was a no go! Its a gorgeous boot but please remember when you are looking at the circumference to look down at the boot size they measured in the item information section. (would be nice if they would just add that info and it would probably save on a zillion dollars in return fees with UPS/USPS! Just because its a 16 1/2 circumference on a size 9 does not mean that is the same circumference on a smaller size. In fact I have a size 6 foot and a 14 inch calf, and the boot that would go on... the *calf was tight* It would be so helpful when leaving feedback if everyone would leave their shoe size when they talk about the circumference on a boot. Smaller boot is smaller circumference especially in a Frye boot! I have runners calves but they are not huge. And, calves are different. Some have a bump at the top while others (like mine) almost run the length of the bottom of my leg so usually the middle of the boot is going to be tight on anyone that spends any time in a gym... unless you're blessed with skinny legs! The boot is beautiful and the leather on the shaft is like butter...so soft. I ordered the dark brown and they look much better than what you can see here in the ad. Sadly they had to go back. (so sad) I love love love Frye boots but Frye is not a boot that is going to fit everyone. The shaft on most of them is narrow...you'll be lucky if you ever get 15 inches in circumference out of a Frye boot so save yourself the trouble until the company understands that there are women out here that *eat* and women out here that *run* and need a larger circumference. Come on Frye...you would dominate the boot market if you would make some boots for some girls with calf muscles! I love Frye boots. So sad I had to return them. I love Frye so much I want to petition the company to start making a boot that we ladies with calves can buy. We love you Frye...but you don't fit us :( If the circumference in the boot would fit...I would have every pair of boots the Frye company makes. And I am not kidding!!!!! Regarding returns: I was very nervous about this and called 4 times regarding this. Remember that Zappos ships next day to you when you order but it takes at least a week for them to receive what you return back and possibly even longer for your credit card company to refund so do keep that in mind. There are easy instructions to follow here on the website and if you don't destroy the box you can just send it back in the box it came in with the return label they provide here or through email. It was pretty easy to return these boots but it took some time for me to get an email showing they were received in Kentucky...made me a nervous wreck! The people in customer care are wonderful and very friendly and helpful!
These truly are superb boots in every way: gorgeous, high quality, and supremely comfortable! Best of all, if your calves are on the wide side, the measurements listed are indeed correct. My calves run 16+ inches and these fit beautifully. As noted in earlier reports, they are "slouchy," soft books. The only tricky part for me was the size, which is often the case with Fryes. All my Fryes with heels are a size 10, but the 10 in flat boots often runs large on me, as was the case here. But not sure whether to size down. Will figure it out, since these are keepers!
I thought I couldn't love any boots more than my Frye Veronica slouch, but these come pretty close! I brought them in the cognac first then in the dark brown, and I think I actually like the dark brown better. They are just divine, the leather is beautiful and the studs on them make them so unique, they're not shiny and tacky looking but subdued, but definitely still making a statement. They feel a little bit bigger than my Veronicas, but not a size bigger, just a bit. If you are thinking about buying them...do it! You won't regret it they are delicious!
Finally, Frye makes a boot other than Jane with a calf circumference that actually fits 16" or more! The low heel is perfect for urban walkers, and the foot upper is wider than your average Frye. Exceedingly comfortable right out of the box, with Frye's unbeatable quality, strength and beautiful leather. Love the biker-chic look; this will be my go-to black boot for a long time. Love.