These (Frye) boots are made for walking

I love Frye Boots and have written about my black 12R Harness boots before. I used to have tall Campus boots, but I sold them and have regretted it ever since!

Because of the weather in Sweden (marginally less cold and rainy between May and August, and cold, rainy, snowy the rest of the year!), and the fact that I walk a lot, I need boots that are not too heavy, non-slip, well-made, don’t leak, and that I can use for years. I am the kind of person that hates buying shoes and hates wearing them in, so once I find some I like and have worn them in, I wear them until they fall apart. Sometimes I have to actually throw away boots that are not fit to be worn in public, so that I don’t keep using them.

I also have very slim legs so most boots look like wellies on me. I have to find boots that are adjustable, fit around the calf OR are styled in such a way that the extra space between the boot and my leg does not look ridiculous.

Here are some of my go-to boots. The two on the right are from H and M’s premium collection a few years ago and are the most amazing quality. I have worn them LOTS and they look as good as new.





I have slowly been building up a collection of Frye boots and today I took photos of them all together.

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Frye Black 12R Harness boots
Left, 12R Harness Boots and right, Leslie Short Booties
Left to right: Veronica Back Zip, Engineer Gaucho 8R, Tall Jane, Leslie Short Bootie
The tall Jane can be worn cuffed or uncuffed. When uncuffed they go over the knee


Veronica Back Zip

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Leslie Short Bootie






Engineer Gaucho 8R


Tall Jane in Taupe


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

5 thoughts

  1. I bought a pair of used size 6 Campus boots and absolutely love them. Trouble with them, though, is that my heel slips with every step – so they are a bit clunky to walk in. I have Frye boots in American sizes 5.5, 6, and 6.5. I wear a 6 and hoped I finally found a pair that will fit perfectly. Do your feet slip in any of the Frye pull-on boots you have? If so, do you have any tricks to keep that from happening? Thank you!

    1. What I have found in the past is that if I buy my usual size, my foot goes in okay but then my heel slips. So now I buy a slightly snug size and wear them in around the house. That way they stretch slightly and form around my feet. Given that yours are already worn in, you could try a thin insole to see if that works?

  2. Hello! I just purchased a pair of barely worn short FRYE Calvary boots at the local Goodwill. They were $30.00, how could I pass them up? They have a removable harness which makes their “look” more versatile. How would you recommend I style these boots? My main wardrobe consists of jeans (and I’m in my mid 50’s so nothing too young and “flirty”). 🙂
    Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

    1. What a find! Calvary boots are really gorgeous! Are they black or brown? You can wear skinny jeans tucked into them or straight jeans over them. If you have more ‘solid’ legs you can wear them with shorter skirts and dresses as well. I have bird legs so that looks a bit silly on me but I do wear my short harness boots with long wide skirts. In winter you can wear them with leggings or thick tights. Good luck – I am sure you will look gorgeous no matter what you wear them with!

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