As I have mentioned before, Anthropologie often helps me discover new brands. A few years ago Anthro helped me discover Nanette Lepore who is now one of my favorite designers. Now thanks to my favorite store I have discovered Frye. It happened when I was trying to find the Gemstone Miner Booties (now $130) in my size and somehow stumbled upon them on Zappos, where I discovered that Frye calls them the Vickie Bootie ($248). And they come in more colors than just plum!
Curious, I browsed around the Frye site some more, and started to find more and more boots that were familiar to me. Like the Tandie Boots (no longer available through Anthropologie) aka the Adrienne Button Boot ($400, above). Or the Amity Boots (no longer available through Anthropologie) aka the Fiona Tall Boot ($241 at Zappos, below).
I knew that Anthropologie changes product names when they admit products into their collections. But in many ways finding the Frye site was vindication for me. Some of my friends contend that Anthropologie is overpriced — that they jack up the prices of products once they fall under the Anthropologie name. Well if that’s the case then Frye must be in on the gag, because most of the Frye products were actually a few bucks cheaper at Anthro then other online retailers.
I found a few more Frye items of note that Anthro does not carry. Specifically, I love the Ava Button boots ($380, above) and the Andrea Mid ($350, below). I think it’s safe to say that it’s a good thing I didn’t know about Frye before — my wallet would be hurting more than it already is!
Just for kicks, below is another pair of boots I’m drooling over — Chie Mahara’s Saigon boots ($650) in taupe.