Frye Jackson Inside Zip - Add some rock-n-roll attitude to your look with these updated engineer boots.
Super rich, full-grain leather upper with buckles at the ankle and shaft.
Side zipper closure for easy on and off.
Smooth leather lining.
Cushioned leather insole provides lasting comfort.
Durable leather outsole with rubber overlays for added traction.
These boots are classic; however, you may need to order a second time over as sadly, Frye has been bought out by another company in the recent past and now outsources their manufacturing - so defects are rampant. I went through two, yes two pairs before finding one without defects. I had to order one from Zappos, then send it back to Frye so that Frye could hand pick one from the warehouse that is perfect and free from abnormalities. That said, everything about this boot is styled nicely, and the full grain leather/Goodyear welt construction is awesome. I put that it is true to size because with these boots, you want to order a full size smaller, add Frye brand conditioning leather (not mink oil, it will ruin it), and then wear it in. Your boot will conform to your foot like a glove, after a little discomfort. Can't find anything in this price-point that speaks of late 1880's to early 1900's American-esque style without looking like I own a ranch, so these are right on point.
Years ago had a pair of Frye boots, loved them. Came home one night to find out that wife had thrown them out (apparently she didn't like them). She soon became ex wife. Skip to present, mid life crisis, decided to buy myself another pair of Frye boots, chose the Jackson inside zip. Very comfortable. I wear a size 9.5, sometimes 10, and with these the 9's fit very well, so I do agree with others who say they run a little large. Have a heel insert in and the fit is perfect. Boots very well made, look good with jeans, could also wear them to work. Very happy with my purchase. And most important my (current) wife of 24 years loves them and thinks they look awesome.
I am a very picky boot buyer. I like a sturdy boot, that fits snug but is also flexible enough to do a lot of walking in. On top of that I like a basically classic no frills boot design. Finally, I travel a lot and it needs to be easy to take on and off in the airport. This is a winner on all accounts. This is well made, light for an engineer boot, with a little more of a western toe than some English boots.
Left foot, big toe, has worn a hole through the inside foot liner. Thought that it was my sock making my foot feel funny, until I took a closer look and discovered a hole. Really surprised me, as the boots are not that old, and very lightly worn, actually like new condition. Love the style, feel, look, comfort, etc. Although, not what I would expect from Frye, had considered buying another pair in black?
Breaks in relatively quickly and comfortable. Relatively true to size (I'm a 9.5) but runs on the narrow side, especially through the ball of the foot. I love the color of the leather, but have found it extremely prone to absorbing water and causing permanent water spots. I've treated using the Frye boot dressing/conditioning cream on this page but haven't had much luck. It does darken the color slightly and add some gloss to the leather. Being a hiker, I've also tried some Nikwax Waterproofing Wax For Leather which worked better than the Frye product, but still seems to need re-applying every couple of months of light use. I'd love to hear if anyone else is having better luck with a different sealing product. Overall handsome design, nice leather, but annoying to have to constantly worry about whether it's going to rain or not.