Frye boots fit true to size in sizes 7–14 for men and 4–11.5 for women. Wide-footed wearers may need to size up.
Frye boots, a staple of USA-made fashion, never go out of style. That’s because there’s a type of boot for every need, from combat to Chelsea.
But in over 150 years of fashion, times and sizes change. How do you ensure you get the perfect fit out of your Frye boots? We have the solution.
Frye Boots Sizing: Size Chart
Frye boots aren’t just adored in the US. People all over the globe need their shoe solution, so below, you’ll find sizing charts for the US, UK and EU sizing along with insole measurements.
Frye Boots Men’s Size Chart
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Frye Boots Women’s Size Chart
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Frye Boots Sizing: Manufacturer Advice:
The charts above should offer guidance on selecting the appropriate size boots. However, Frye has some added input just in case.
Frye states that you should order a half size larger in two cases:
- Your larger foot is cramped, but your other foot fits fine.
- There’s no wide size, and you wear wide shoes.
It’s always better to size up over down, so we stand by this advice. We’ll discuss shoe fitting in more depth later in the article.
Frye Boots Sizing: What Customers Say
The manufacturer will rarely state the sizing is off, so Frye likely wouldn’t admit to shoes that don’t run true to size.
Luckily, the customer consensus is that Frye boots run true to size, mostly for length. The boots in all widths still run a little narrow, but as the boots are leather, they stretch the more you wear them.
If the boots still pinch, consider going up a width size. If there’s no larger size available, heed the advice above on sizing.
Frye Boots Sizing By Style
“Boots” is a loose definition.
Chelsea and ankle boots barely start rising up your calf, where others require a calf measurement to wear.
If you’re purchasing any of the following, you’ll need to take average calf circumference into account:
For men around 6 feet tall, the average calf measurement is 16.5 inches, with women coming in around 2 inches less.
Customers don’t have any complaints about the boots fitting their calves, so we can estimate they’re made to fit the average. Unfortunately, we don’t have any information on the boots for larger legs—Frye lacks in-depth sizing guidance here, unlike some other brands we could mention (Hunter boots sizing).
Measuring Your Calf
How do you know if your calves are average? Measuring them is simple.
- Acquire a fabric measuring tape.
- Wrap it around your calf.
- Have someone check the measurement for you.
- Acquire some non-elasticated string.
- Tie the string around your calf.
- Cut the string just before the tie mark.
- Measure the string.
Frye Boots: Why Size Up?
When sizes run small, and feet run wide, why should you size up rather than grin and bear some chafing?
For wide feet, that’s the main reason to go large: chafing. You don’t want blisters and scratches on the sides of your feet, do you?
Length-wise, if the shoe fits one foot and feels a little tighter on the other, it’s no big deal.
Sorry to say, that’s a terrible mindset to have.
Ill-fitting shoes can cause:
- Hammer toes.
- Trips and falls, especially in older adults.
- Ulcers, in those with diabetes.
That’s why it’s better to have room to grow an extra set of toes than to walk with your current set curled.
How To Ensure Shoes Fit
With the above information in mind, there are two ways to ensure your Frye boots fit:
- Know your shoe size.
- Realize the signs of a well-fitting shoe.
How to Measure Your Feet
To achieve the first one, you’ll need to gain an accurate measurement of your feet.
Hold on—you know your shoe size, don’t you? It’s been the same for decades. Well, no.
Shoe size changes as you age, and many adults wear the wrong size well into their older years as it is. In addition, shoes use different molds for their sizes, so an 8 in Hunter boots may be a 9 in Frye, and vice versa.
Follow these steps to get your perfect fit:
- Draw a line straight down a blank page.
- Place the page on a wood or tile floor, one side against the wall.
- Step on the page barefoot with your heel against the wall.
- Draw a line at the tip of your longest toe.
- Repeat with your other foot.
- Measure the line and size according to your largest foot.
Your Shoes Fit Well If…
You Can Pinch an Inch
Make sure you can pinch an inch of shoe ahead of your longest toe. This ensures you have room to wiggle, swell up and wear cozy socks in winter!
You Can Fit an Index Finger In
Having room in the back is as vital as room in the toes. Make sure you can slide your index finger against your heel without a struggle. Don’t cheat—you need to be able to move it side to side.
If you can move your finger back and forth, though, your shoe is too big, and that’s not good either. It’s far too easy to trip!
You Try It on in the Evening
Your feet swell throughout the day, so a shoe that fits in the morning can start to hurt at night.
When your new boots come, you may have the urge to dive in as soon as you open the package. Resist, and put them on that night instead.
An exception is if you work from home and have exceptionally clean floors. Walk around the house in the boots all day, see if they fit morning and night. If not, they’re unblemished enough to return.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I Size up in Frye Boots?
Size up in Frye boots if you’re between sizes or the boots are not adequately wide. Go up by half a size, as a full size isn’t usually necessary.
How Do You Know What Size You Are in Frye Boots?
Measure your feet carefully and compare your results to the charts above. Try your shoes on in the evening when your feet swell after a long day. If they fit then, they fit all the time.
Do Frye Boots Break In?
Yes, Frye boots break in, so if they pinch you at first, give it a day or two for them to adjust. You can apply a leather conditioner to help speed up the process.
These Boots Were Made for Walking
Frye boots fit true to size and accommodate the average calf when applicable. The sizing charts above will help Frye boots sizing fit perfectly for you.
Remember, if the shoe pinches, size up. Don’t bear it. Be sure to follow these tips for every other shoe brand too.