Some basics for bootmen
Campus Boots - Vintage Frye Boots
||Frye Boots inspire many bootmen of today by
their style, looks, color choices, shaft height, sound of their
clunky heels when walking in them, and affordability.
According to Frye, the Frye Company is the oldest continuously
operated shoe company in the United States. (Notice the careful
choice of wording -- they no longer refer to themselves as a shoemaker
or bootmaker.) The company was founded in 1863 as the Frye Boot Company
in Marlborough (or Marlboro), Massachusetts, and continued to produce
their shoes and boots in that location until 2003, when they closed the
plant, outsourced bootmaking to other countries, and relocated the
company headquarters to Great Neck, New York.
||In the 1960s, Frye reintroduced the Campus Boot, inspired
by its 1860 original, featuring a bulky toe and chunky heel that came to
epitomize the attitude and the style of the '60s and '70s. There was
nothing like the "new" Frye Boot on the market.
This was THE boot to have in the '60s and '70s. They were popular
among rockers, jocks, and geeks alike in high schools and colleges
across the United States. Frye Campus Boots of this era were 14" to 15"
tall, and came in a variety of color choices: Banana (a light tan),
Sunrise (medium tan), Saddle (dark tan), Olive (cool dark green), Russet
(redish-brown), Walnut (brown), and Black.
The heels are wood and stacked to 2", with a rubber sole plate. The
soles of original Campus Boots are made of smooth leather. True vintage
Frye Boots will have only one Frye logo sewn on the inside of the left
boot shaft; boots made in the 1980s and thereafter have logos sewn on
the inside of both boot shafts, as well as a Frye logo brand stamped on
the left and right heel.
What they once produced is highly favored all over the world, and
while today's version of their classics have similar looks, they just
aren't quite the same. Apparently the Frye Company heard the complaints
about only offering 12" boot heights and also now offer the 14" height
again in its Campus Boots, they still haven't (yet) responded to
requests to make their Harness Boots in 14" heights again.
The Campus Boot was introduced and made popular by Frye, but this
type of boot was also manufactured by Dingo and several other companies
during the 1970s.
Just what was it about the Campus Boot that caused the development of
many Bootmen? The jury is out, but some factors include the appearance,
design, as well as the "boot clunk" made when walking in them. You could
always tell someone was wearing Fryes by the sound.
Many women took to wearing Fryes as well, and the styling of the
Campus Boot, in particular, has been copied by other women's bootmakers
and is still available today.
|FRYE SQUARE-TOED BOOTS|
|Also popular during the 1970s was a version of Frye
Boots that combined aspects of the Campus Boot and the Harness Boot. Frye
produced boots with a tall shaft like Campus Boots and square toe, but
without the harness. These boots also had the traditional Frye wood
stacked heel to 2" with rubber heel plate and smooth leather sole. They
were offered in brown, black, Banana, Sunrise, and Olive. They are not
offered anymore by the Frye Company.
|FRYE HARNESS BOOTS|
||Frye is also famous for their harness boots. Read more about them in the section on Harness Boots.
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