THROUGH THE YEARS: 1800s

Everyone has a Frye story. Check out ours, as seen through the decades.

The Frye Company Founded

In 1863, John A. Frye opened the doors to the very first Frye shop on Elm Street in Marlboro, MA, paving the way for countless generations of Frye artisans dedicated entirely to the art of craftsmanship.

Meet the very first Frye boot.

This marks the year that the very first boot ever was made by The Frye Company. With its precision stitching and quality leather, this boot is testimony to Frye’s unparalleled craftsmanship. Housed today at the Marlboro Historical Society, this boot was the beginning.

In the 1890’s, Marlboro manufactured more shoes than any other city in the United States. During that time, Frye was one of the largest and more successful footwear companies in the entire country.

Marlboro, Mass

The Frye factory was the first of the nearly twenty firms in Marlboro to convert from steam to electrical power for its operation. Making Frye the first factory in town to run on electricity.