Frye Brett Reviewed

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If you’re looking for something that will boost your style and your self-esteem, you may have found your match in the Frye Brett High-Top. It is beautifully crafted of a leather upper and a rubber sole. It has a lacing system with eight eyelets. The laces that come with the sneakers are leather. The shaft height is four and three-quarter inches, making these sneakers classified as high-tops.

High-tops began as athletic footwear, specifically for basketball players. They extend slightly above the ankle. This style has now broadened its horizons and reached outside of the courts and onto the streets in casual and formal wear alike.

High tops look fantastic on both men and women of any age. They are easy to pair with most outfits, especially any pants that are skinny legged or straight legged so that the whole shoe is accented. Skirts and shorts can also be worn with high-tops. Why not?

This sneaker packs a lot of versatility into its construction. You can wear them almost anywhere you want, save for a treacherous hike in the woods. You can wear them to school, the park, work, the mailbox, on a run, to dance class, to practice, you name it. And you’ll be able to do so in style with the Brett High-Top from Frye.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

 

  • Leather
  • Trusted brand
  • High top
  • Eight-eyelet lacing system
  • Decent price
  • Versatile

 

 

Cons

 

  • Sole easily tears
  • No wide/narrow size

 

 

Brand

Brand

John Frye started the first shop in Marlboro, MA in 1863. The very first boot ever made was by The Frye Company in 1888. This boot gives testimony on Frye’s unbeatable craftsmanship with its quality leather and precision stitching. This boot is now housed at the Marlboro Historical Society.

In 1889, The Frye factory became the first one in Marlboro that used electricity in its process. US servicemen and women traveled the world from Normandy to Okinawa with Frye boots on their feet in World War Two in 1943, spreading the news of Frye’s outstanding quality and reputation worldwide.

Frye is seen on streets all over the world and featured in Vogue, Elle, Sports Illustrated, and GQ. In 2016, Frye announced its partnership with Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the USA. Frye has donated over two million dollars to the cause. In 2018, Frye celebrated one hundred and fifty five years of dedication to authentic heritage styles and Americana roots.
Upper

Upper

The upper material in this sneaker is leather. There is a multitude of reasons that people choose to have a leather shoe over other materials. It all comes down to what you need out of your shoe. In this case, the shoe is designed for versatility, and leather has always been of the first choices in all walks of footwear.

The type of breathability that leather can offer is unique in that it can absorb moisture, like many other materials, but it can also then expel that moisture as vapor. Thus keeping your feet more cool and dry throughout the day without weighing down the leather in moisture. The leather is also stain resistant and abrasion resistant.

Leather shoes offer a great deal of durability. Genuine leather is able to outlast other shoes made from synthetic materials. And just because leather is durable doesn’t mean it’s not flexible as well. It will be able to stretch and conform to the shape of your foot over time. It is the most common material that shoemakers use, especially in the making of men’s dress shoes.

The leather is, compared to other materials, expensive, heavy, can get hot, and, if left untreated, can also be vulnerable to damage from moisture. Remember that leather comes from animal hides, so it will not be flawless.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of your sneaker is very important because it is what makes contact with the ground and protects your foot the most. This sneaker has a sole made of rubber.

Rubber soles do have quite a few advantages. Some of these are that they have superb wear resistance, letting you go harder and farther before your shoes need a rest. Rubber is also waterproof, giving your feet more protection from the elements. Because rubber is sturdy and thick, it will protect you from punctures more successfully than other materials and will throw in some extra comfort.

Rubber is flexible and that typically means that when you wear shoes with a rubber sole, they will be comfortable right off the bat. So, for some people, the break-in period is not very long at all, meaning they don’t have to walk around the house for weeks before braving a day out in them. If you have any kind of foot problems, this may not be true for you. Remember that you may have to still break them in and even maybe purchase additional insoles for comfort.

The added benefit of great shock absorption will help keep you comfortable and protect your body from pain, discomfort, and even fatigue. Shock absorption takes energy off of each foot strike instead of forcing your legs and back to take it. Rubber is a bit heavy which could cause your legs to become fatigued during long walks.

These sneakers have been reported to have the soles tear easily, so take caution and be gentle on them.
Comfort

Comfort

Some features of this high top sneaker will work all day to keep you comfortable. Others, maybe not so much. The leather upper of the sneaker is going to provide you with comfort, especially over time, because it will stretch and conform to the shape of your foot. After a while, they will feel like they were made just for you.

Now, if you have narrow or wide feet, or have any issues with your feet, you will need to take special consideration. It has been reported that the toe box in this sneaker is tight, so be sure to order the width that will best suit your foot.

The leather will also keep you comfortable because of its unique ability to absorb moisture and then expel it as vapor. It will work tirelessly to keep your feet dry and cool all day long.

There is not an included cushioned insole in this sneaker, so you will probably want to shop around for a good set of insoles, especially if you have any foot issues.

The outsole is made of rubber which means it will be somewhat flexible, however, rubber does not have the ability to conform to the shape of your foot as the leather does. So while it may have step-in comfort, the sole will not be as comfortable as the upper, another reason to invest in cushioned insoles.
Protection

Protection

You will find protection in a few different manors from this sneaker. The upper and the sole and the shaft height will all work together to provide you with three hundred and sixty-degree protection.

The upper is going to work to protect you from the elements and from abrasions and punctures. The material will also protect your sneaker from stains.

The shaft height is four and three-quarter inches, making it classified as a high top. While high tops aren’t proven to protect you from ankle injuries, they are believed to keep the injuries from being as serious. The high top will also protect your ankles from abrasions and help keep debris from falling into your shoe.
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is important in any shoe you wear for any occasion. It is important to keep your feet dry in order to avoid bacteria, odor, diseases, and wounds. The outsole of this sneaker is rubber, therefore it will not be able to aid in airflow or breathability at all. However, the upper of this sneaker is made of leather. And while leather does not have great airflow, it does provide something spectacular to make up for it.

The leather can absorb moisture from your feet, but, unlike other materials, it also has the unique ability to then expel that moisture as vapor. This allows the leather to keep your feet dry and cool without weighing you down with soppy leather.

If you know that you have issues with foot swear or odor, you will want to consider researching special socks you can wear and inserts you can use. Maybe you can invest in some shoe spray or cleaner. Whatever you do, make sure you’re putting your foot health first. You have to be on your feet to get where you’re going, so you want to take care of them as best you can.
Fit

Fit

When you go to a shoe store it is ultimately the way a shoe fits you that makes or breaks the deal. It’s always upsetting when the most appealing ones fit the worst. It’s very important to choose fit over fashion every day of the week because you need to look out for your feet.

This high-top sneaker features an eight-eyelet lacing system that allows you to adjust the upper for a comfortable, customized, secure fit from right below your toes clear up to your shin. Tie them tighter in some areas, looser in others, and change it up throughout the day. Because we all know that our comfort level and our foot size changes throughout the day. Feet swell from sitting, standing, walking, heat, water build-up, etc. It’s nice to be able to reach down and loosen the load a little.

It has been reported by some consumers that the toe box in this sneaker runs a bit narrow. If you have wider feet, you may want to consider ordering a size up. Keep in mind, this is a leather upper and it will eventually conform to the shape of your foot. But if you have trouble with cramped toe boxes, you may want to take precautions.
Color

Color

This sneaker is offered in a wide array of colors. These include cognac, charcoal, black, bone, slate, and copper. Having so many color selections makes it very easy for consumers to find a color that goes with their style/wardrobe color scheme.

Since these all happen to be semi-neutral earthy tones, it is going to be relatively easy to match anything to them. You just need to be careful when you’re pairing them up with other earthy tones to be sure that you use the correct shades as to avoid a cringe-worthy clash.

If you’re someone who enjoys breaking the mold and turning strangers eyes, then you can always feel free to liven it up a little and add some pop to your outfit. Throw in touches of bright colors that contrast with the earthy colors. For the bone color, you could choose some dark hues of red or purple. And with the darker toned choices, you have a wide variety of options between yellow and green and pink and many more.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for shoes that you want to wear mostly for show, to wear casually, then these sneakers may be for you. They are being reported to easily tear on the soles, so you may not want to use them for higher activity wear. Things like running, dancing, and basketball may cause the lifespan to shorten quicker than need be.

The only other downfall, really, is that these sneakers don’t come in narrow or wide sizes, and they have a narrow toe box. This may make the fit a bit difficult for people who have wider toes or narrow feet. Of course, the adjustability of the lacing system will help, along with the eventual flexibility and contouring of the leather upper material. So it really depends on your feet. If you’re not sure, try the shoes on in person first.

At the end of the day, this is a beautifully crafted, timelessly classic and freshly modern high-top sneaker that is suitable for men and women of all ages and walks of life. Any lifestyle, any fashion trend can open up and include this type of sneaker.