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.


  1. January 15, 2009 / 1:56 pm

    Does anyone own or know the brand for the red "cherry picked boots" from this fall? I looooved them, but there was no way I could afford them.

  2. January 15, 2009 / 2:36 pm

    Elaine, on e way to find the brand for shoes is to zoom in on the "toe" view. You can often find the name and google it to find the shoe elsewhere, usually cheaper. of course for boots this will not work, but I thought I would throw this tip out there.Roxy, I have usually found the prices to be cheaper outside of Anthropologie, though Anthro may put shoes on sale (and at a deeper dicount) before other sites (this is especially true with Chie Mihara shoes). A great place for shoes is, which does not always show up on search engines. Free overnight shipping, free return shipping, and lower prices than Zappos.

  3. January 15, 2009 / 2:49 pm

    Good stuff Jacquelyn! Thanks for the tip. Elaine, if no one else knows I will do some research late tonite and see what I can find.

  4. January 15, 2009 / 4:25 pm

    frye is one of my favorite brands 🙂 i have the adriennes and they are *incredible,* go with everything and generate tons of compliments. i also love the carmens from this season. and chloe always makes me covet the fionas!

  5. January 15, 2009 / 5:21 pm

    I like the Vicki boots, but how do I wear them. I don't wear skirts. At least not often. Jeans fit my life better. Plus it is -15 degrees here today!

  6. January 15, 2009 / 6:36 pm

    btw, i meant to mention, ruelala is having a frye sale today if you are interested 🙂 lots of good discounts, but none available in my humungo size 11, so i passed.

  7. January 15, 2009 / 11:39 pm

    I am now on the waiting list for ruelala. Thanks goldenmeans!

  8. January 19, 2009 / 12:16 am

    I usually don't like Frye shoes, but, oh my goodness, I absolutely love the Fiona tall boots & the Chie Mahara's Saigon boots 🙂

  9. January 21, 2009 / 7:19 pm

    Hi. Urban Outfitters also carries Frye shoes online and if you can wait until it goes on sale, the clearance prices are pretty great.

  10. January 22, 2009 / 2:27 am

    Thanks Muoi! Makes sense since they are sister brands.

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