Frye Women's Engineer 12R

Priced: $169.99 - $268.00 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 5 reviews.
Frye Engineer 12R
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Frye Engineer 12R - The unmistakable quality of Frye boots is what made them America's best footwear in 1863 and it is still what makes them the best footwear today. These boots are benchcrafted from premium full grain leather that will conform to your feet for a great fit. The unique tanning process was developed to promote a worn appearance - a look that goes great with anything. The 8 1/2" shaft is paired with the 1 1/2" heel to create a boot that brings all day comfort. This mid-calf engineer boots offers the same classic styling as the taller options, with adjustable buckled straps across the vamp and atop the shaft. From heritage style boots to newer styles that grow into old Frye classics, the look is ageless.


  • Neoprene oil resistant sole and heel with full-length leather midsole for support and durability.


  • Hand-crafted construction for superior fit and comfort with authentic styling.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Specially formulated insole provides cushioning and resists bacteria.


  • Adjustable buckled straps across the vamp and atop the shaft


  • Made in the USA


  • Premium full grain leather
  • 9" Shaft height
  • Nickel hardware
  • Unlined
  • Wellington vamp
  • 1 1/2" Heel height
The classic Frye engineer boot, cut with a lower shaft and rendered in rich matte leather. This pair of boots is accented with polished silver hardware, and buckled straps fasten across the ankle and along the top line. Rubber sole.
Leather: Cowhide.
Made in the USA.
This item cannot be gift-boxed.
Heel: 1.5in / 40mm.
Shaft: 9in / 23cm.
Circumference: 14in / 35.5cm.
Classic style meets modern technology in the 'Engineer 12R' boot.
Hand-crafted construction for superior fit and comfort with authentic styling.
and heel with full-length leather midsole for support and durability.
Love these boots? How about some tights to go with them! BOOTIGHTS® solves all your feet-slipping, toe-freezing, sock-sagging and tight-snagging needs.
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Also available for: Men
Circumference:13 in
Country Of Origin:USA
Heel Height:1 3⁄4 in
Heel Type:Walking
Shaft:9 in
Toe Type:Round
Upper Material:Leather
Weight:6 lbs

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Frye Engineer 12R Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Love these boots! I have wanted a pair of Fryes for quite some time and am glad I took the plunge. I am a 7.5-8 with wide feet and I went with the 7.5. When I say I have wide feet I mean that it's generally hard for me to find 'cute' flats/sandals/heels that don't look gross with my wide feet. That being said - I have never purchased a pair of 'wide' shoes; so use your judgment when considering how wide your feet may be in comparison to mine and thinking about these boots. I think I maybe could've gone with the 8, there may have been a bit more wiggle room for my 'wide' feet, but the 7.5 is by no means too small. I wear these all the time since I got them, with skirts, with skinny jeans, to work, on weekends - love them! I'm sure they will last me for years to come. These boots are no joke, you can kick some serious butt in these and look good while doing it!
Anonymous - customer at on 11/23/2011
Thank You Frye and Zappos! I am a hard to fit 8.5 (My foot is a hair on the wide side with a high bone on the top on my foot, whatever that bone is called, and short toes). These boots not only looked exactly as pictured but the 8.5 fit right out of the box. A tip for breaking-in boots which made these slipper like for me... Put a hair dryer in them on a cool/warm setting and let it run for a few minutes, then wear these with a camping sock and buckles on loosest holes. The best boot purchase I've made in years!
Anonymous - customer at on 10/19/2011
My inner chick craved a rugged, low heeled casual boot for tromping through woods and around town. I ordered both this boot and Veronica shortie, to see which boot best suited my 5'2" frame. The shaft on this boot tilts slightly forward and the heel is higher, so I kept it. Once my feet found the footbed, things were fine. But the struggle to get the feet in required patience. Use a plastic bag, take a deep breath, and you'll make it. It gets easier every time. Love this boot. Thank you, Zappos, for impeccable service.
Peggy R - customer at on 09/22/2011
Awesome boots. Great style and works on many styles of outfits. Comfortable once broken in. I ordered 1/2 size bigger so that I can wear thick socks and it is perfect. If I wear regular socks, my normal size should fit fine.
Yuko A - customer at on 11/02/2011

Neutral Reviews:

I've been wearing Frye Boots for 40 years! I'm an engineer, so naturally I had to get the Frye Engineer! And sadly, they are a bit of a let down. I got these boots for work boots and I really work in them. They are cute and they are comfortable. But the leather is not as good a quality as what I'm used to with Frye's. That was a pretty big disappointment. The leather straps just seem like a cheaper grade leather. I've had to oil these boots (used Frye conditioning product) several times. I like the boots, but I don't like the straps. The top buckle sticks out, so if you happen to be wearing girly clothes, you just might get some serious snagging going on there. I wear them with jeans and fold my socks over the top...which reminds me...the top is not very soft and they will rub the ever living stew out of your lower calf! Zappos was the best! They are my new bffs!
Libbi - customer at on 02/15/2012