My review will reflect my first impression of these shoes as I have just received them. They are beautiful shoes, the leather and finish superb. Personally, I like the 'hard' comfort of traditional leather shoes, so I don't miss any 'sissy' footbed if you know what I mean. The only (small) negative is that the finish on the sole tries a bit too hard to look vintage. I will probably put a dab of shoe polish on the sides and heel, and I find it a bit overkill that the heel has been sanded down to look worn. It should be noted that this shoe is perhaps not formal enough for some conservative work environments due to the 'vintarized' look. Size-wise, I'm a 13 with a fairly low volume/narrow foot, and these fit fine. I ordered another three pairs from Frye based on this positive impression.
These are my first pair of Fryes; I purchased size 11.5 in Cognac. They are a handsome, well-made oxford. The slightly distressed leather is soft and attractive. It's fair to say these are also the first pair of fancy shoes I've owned, and as such they leave me with mixed feelings. On a positive note, the style is exactly what I was looking for: a classic shoe of evident quality and craftsmanship. Of course, I don't find them to be as comfortable as Clarks and other rubber-soled shoes. But I'm sure this is to be expected, and I don't mind suffering just a bit for fashion.
Picked up a pair of these recently. Size was right on, a tiny bit narrow in the midfoot for me. Leather and quality is top-notch. Shoes looks great and is very comfortable for a long day. Will be picking up a pair in black as well. Only thing is that the bottom is a bit slick on wood surfaces, but it is starting to get better as the bottom wears in.
This is a stylish and comfortable shoe. Quality leather, very well made. The leather sole is substantial but becomes comfortably flexible in a short time (it does have a paler gray appearance than the photograph would lead you to believe). Overall a really great shoe.