This plump nubuck leather appears to have a sunwashed appearance after its pigment color gets stripped off the surface.
The uneven grain structure of this waxy leather contributes to its vintage look.
This split suede leather is treated with a wax coating which is then burned and washed to give it a cracked glazed finish with a vintage look.
Montana leather is placed into a vat, mixed with dark colors added, and then hang-dried. The result is a "crunch” effect. Made in the USA.
Large textured plates are used to stamp the leather to transfer a unique textured look.
White wax is applied to the finished leather, creating a white coating and an antiqued worn look. Over time, this wax can melt into the material or be wiped off and become less visible.
This suede material contains a high amount of natural oils and is often thicker and firmer than soft suedes.
This suede is generally characterized by a supple softness.
Soft and often slouchy, as opposed to stiff, this leather is treated in drums. Sometimes, the leather is then stretched to give it a smooth, finished appearance.
This brushed leather, which is similar to suede, features a velvety surface which has been sanded or buffed.
This smooth leather is rich in natural oils, making it heavier and more durable.
This leather is soft and supple and resembles suede.
This handsome leather is distinguished by a pebbled , granulated surface.
A smooth leather , without any surface texture.
Made from Egyptian buffalo, this expensive leather is washed and dyed, and displays a bit of texture that resemblinges a natural tumble.
This durable leather is rich in natural oils. When pulled or stretched, these at oils can spread out to reveal the leather’s lighter base. This leather will slightly change colors when stretched or pulled. It’s a result of oils flowing out of the durable, full grain material.
This leather is placed into a washing machine-like drum along with stones, and in some cases water, for a weathered and worn in look. The end result looks weather-beaten.
This leather has wax baked into it, which then hardens and cracks. Rub this leather – which has been treated with alcohol – and a lighter color just below the surface emerges.
There are two ways to achieve a brush off leather. For one, the tannery applies a different color atop the leather and brushes it off on a burnishing wheel. For the other, the top surface color is rubbed off using an alcohol or acetone wipe. Both methods result in leather that has high and low shades.
The leather is tumbled in drums for a natural, distressed look and a soft feel.
With our steadfast commitment to quality and painstaking attention to detail, it takes more than 190 steps to make one pair Frye boots, and a similar set of processes to make our shoes and accessories.
We use the highest quality leathers, all tanned with natural oils, which distinguish our products. We have developed demanding standards for our materials and craftsmanship, and our experienced team of shoemakers and designers work diligently to ensure these standards are met in all the places we make our products.
Frye was founded in 1863 and is the oldest continuously operating footwear brand in America. We are one of only a very few shoe companies who still continue to make products here in America. Frye is rooted in American history, having been worn by pioneers and cowboys in the late 1800s, American soldiers at war, and as part of the celebration of life and music in recent times.
We are sometimes asked why we only make some of our products in America, while we make many products in other countries. We source leather from the finest tanneries all over the world. Likewise, we carefully select manufacturing facilities globally, based on their specific strengths and handcraft abilities.
For many brands, these sourcing decisions are determined primarily by cost. However, in the case of Frye, while we certainly do value cost in manufacturing, we are even more driven by the type of hand work, construction and craftsmanship that is the special strength of each of our factories and the ability and willingness of each factory to constantly improve and to develop new and enduring products.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about the manufacturing of Frye products. We are proud of our stewardship of Frye’s wonderful heritage.
Frye uses the finest materials and richest leathers to craft our products. To preserve the appearance of your Frye products, we recommend that you clean, moisturize and condition the leathers. To clean, we recommend using a dry, cotton cloth to wipe away dirt or dust. To moisturize, condition and protect against weather, clean the leather with a dry cloth and then apply Frye’s Weatherproof Dressing or Weatherproof Spray as directed on the bottle. Our products are oil-based and will therefore darken the appearance of the leathers. We recommend that you test any product by applying a small amount to a discrete area and allowing it to dry.
Natural hides, veins and markings
Some styles incorporate leathers with natural variations, specifically chosen to enhance the authentic characteristics inherent in each pair of Fryes. Some of our unique leathers include a high content of natural waxes that may rise to the surface due to a change in temperature – this misty coating can be easily removed with a dry cloth.