Frye Melissa Gore Zip - Look absolutely chic and fabulous in these fashionable boots!
Full-grain brush off leather.
Smooth leather lining.
Cushioned leather insole provides lasting comfort.
Durable leather outsole.
I agree with everyone that said if you are on the fence because of the price...just buy them! They are even more beautiful than the pictures, a true classic boot. My calves are quite large for most Frye boots (15 inches), so the stretch panels on these boots are a dream. They become easier to zip on and off every time I wear them now. Tip: I did much research on Fryes before buying. It is an investment, you will have these forever if you care for them properly. The proper fit for new Frye boots should be quite snug around the front of the foot, and your heel should slip a bit when you walk. The leather is quite supple so once you break them in (I hear this can take quite a while! Be patient) the boot will fit comfortably and the heel will stop slipping. You will also probably wear 1/2 to a whole size down from your normal size. If they fit comfortably from the get go, they are too big. A cobbler can stretch them further if you need, but once they are too big and stretched out, you can't fix that. Also, make sure to get the Frye weatherproof dressing and apply one or two coats before wearing them outside. It darkens the leather slightly, but in a good way. The last thing I have to say is the bottom of these particular boots is slippery on carpets! They will be slippy and slidy when you are trying them for fit, but once you wear them on pavement, it will rough up the bottom and this will go away.
I love these boots. I was in the hunt for caramel colored riding boots and these were absolutely perfect. I wrestled with purchasing these boots for months because they definitely are not cheap. However, I decided to go for it since I couldn't find anything else that compared and I knew it would be an investment. While it is expensive you get what you pay for the leather is really great quality. It's a little awkward to walk in them once you get them (especially on carpet) but after you break them in they are fine. The only other slightly negative aspect is that they do not provide the best support, but it's not terrible and I don't regret buy them because of it!
Whenever I'm in need of new boots, Frye is my go-to brand. The leather always holds up extraordinarily and the look of the boot is just flawless. I sort of purchased the Melissa Gore Zip boots on a whim, and I am beyond pleased with my decision. While I'll admit that leather boots are always a bit tough to break in at first, the second time I slipped these on, I felt as if they were already broken in and fit like a glove. If you're on the fence about purchasing these, whether you presume the issue to be the price or the style, I would recommend to just go with your instinct and purchase them! As always, a wonderful boot from Frye.
Stephanie S - customer at Zappos.com on 10/20/2011
I have been looking for so long for the perfect leather boot and I have found it. I have very large athletic calves (between 15 1/2 and 16 inches)and they fit! I like that these boots have a zipper as well, because it definitely helps with putting them on and taking them off. I can even tuck my flare jeans into these! For sizing I'm usually a size 8, but they only had 8 1/2 in stock so I figured I'd try it out and they fit perfectly fine. Wasn't happy about spending so much money but these boots are definitely worth it.
I have had a pair of the Melissa button boots for a year now and was wearing them almost everyday. So I started looking for another pair of Frye's to throw into my rotation. I wanted some that were a little more unique and that would fit my larger calves. These fit perfectly on the first try and the leather is a gorgeous tan color! I also love that they are a bit more equestrian, as opposed to the Melissa Button's western look.