So I am completely in love with these shoes. They are such quality, I just feel like a better person when I wear them. I normally cheap out over shoes and most of what I wear is from Target! Nothing wrong with a good pointy Target flat, although there is zero support for my feet and walking 20m to and from work everyday was starting to wear on me. I heard about Frye from a coworker and we'd always oggle another coworker that would wear nothing but Swedish Hasbeens and Fryes and always looked fabulous in them. I had been looking for a good oxford for several months when I asked myself why not pay the money for a quality pair that isn't plastic Steve Madden stuff that will scuff and tear and make me sad. So I did. And I've never looked back! It's been about a month. (Beware of a breaking in period that will last the first few times you wear them. Fear not. The leather will soften!) and I know I will have them for years. I love them. I can wear them with jeans and a blazer or with a skirt...anything! they are so timeless yet not dowdy. I love the shape and the finish of the leather. And the occasional scuffs on these shoes simply age them more. It's a far cry from scarring the pleather on a cheaper pair of shoes. I only have the James, a friend of mine has the Erin and loves them. If you are considering Fryes, or considering the James, but them. This is a bit of money spent you will not regret. FYI: I wear a 9, unless its a pointy heel and I go up to a 9.5 or 10. I heard that these shoes run big so I bought an 8.5 and they're perfect. Wouldn't go smaller or bigger.
My search for the perfect oxford is done. I purchased several Prada styles and one more that I don't remember and they were never right--some were too masculine looking--I still want to look like a lady--or the right bulk--some were too slim and disappeared under my trouser hem. These were perfect. I purchased black and I'm back for the brown ones!