Frye Ivy Logo Patch Low Review

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You may recognize Frye’s brand name in association with their wonderful leather boots. The brand has roots in the American fashion world and that rustic charm shows in all the footwear they create. This Ivy Logo Patch Low is an athleisure style to look out for. Its embellishments make it unique but its soft textures create an unintimidating, low-maintenance appeal. When you want something a little different from your usual kicks, a cool and laid-back low top might be just the thing. This Ivy Logo Patch Low is a great look accent to your favorite worn-in jeans.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Full-Grain Leather
  • Antiqued Silver Accents
  • Contoured Footbed
  • Arch Support
  • Durable Sole
  • Unique Look
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Not Very Versatile
Brand

Brand

If Frye sounds familiar and you’re anywhere in North America, it is no surprise why. Starting in 1865 in Marlboro, Massachusetts, Frye is celebrating 164 years of their absolutely iconic brand. Considered an American heritage brand, their rich history is complemented by their ever richer craftsmanship. Close attention paid to materials and construction makes a world of difference in creating this simple yet breathtaking shoe from Frye. Their process is tedious but necessary to achieve the quality they want without sacrificing details. They always intend for their styles to be timeless but somehow manage to keep up with current fashions all the same. Frye’s huge assortment of leathers is right at home in their designs that call to their western influence. If you’re a fan of quality shoes and you’re looking for an addition to your collection with a more relaxed look, this Ivy Logo Patch Low might fit the bill. Everything Frye does, they do with passion and that is easy to see when you look at their gorgeous shoes.
Breathability

Breathability

Being made with all natural leathers generally works to the advantage of a shoe’s breathability. Natural fabrics are usually more breathable, whether they be leathers or even cotton. The Ivy Logo Patch Low by Frye uses a combination of suede, textured, and polished leathers. While this looks visually stunning, the multiple overlays of these different leathers make for quite a heavy upper. In turn, this creates a less-than-breathable shoe. It is a shame because when a company goes out of its way to use high-quality fabric, you can usually expect to get superior performance. While this is a definitely a superior shoe, due to its slightly insulating nature it would best be worn as a fall or winter shoe. The colors are great tones for autumn and it would look absolutely adorable being worn for pumpkin picking or a hayride. In the summer, a mesh option or even a less multi-layered leather would be more ideal for the warmer weather. The inside of the shoe is also leather-lined, as is the insole. This creates a supple and butter-soft interior that does help from keeping your feet from getting clammy, but in addition to the rest of the full leather, it is still not going to be the best pick for warm months.
Comfort

Comfort

Frye knows how to create a comfortable shoe that looks great. In their famous boots, the midsole and insole have long been lauded for their ability to feel fantastic without adding bulk. The exterior of the shoe is always well-put together and thoughtful in design. Their cushioned collar is minimalist but still padded enough for great support and stability in your heel. The footbed is also fantastic. It is contoured to fit your foot anatomically, which is their trick to a less bulky, but comfortable, shoe interior. This creates a great ground feel and an awesome experience in wearing a leisure sneaker. Many athleisure looks that are on the market right now are either too-padded on the inside, which can make you feel a little bit uncomfortable when you’ve been wearing them all day due to natural foot swelling. The other vast majority of current athleisure wear is very bare bones and lacking in support, which is a nightmare for flat feet. This is a great balance between the two. For those who need a bit of protection from ultra-hard grounds, the rubber also adds a buffer between the shock of each step and the foot.
Durability

Durability

Having talked about a bit of a downside to this full leather construction, it is time to talk about the awesome side. If you take care of this pair of Fryes, they will last an extremely long time. The outsole is completely rubber, which has great staying power on its own. Add in the factor of this upper made of gorgeous, full-grain leather and you’re obviously going to have a shoe that is insanely durable. The overlays reinforce areas that may otherwise be sensitive to fray or splitting. The biggest concern that this shoe has in terms of durability is the stitching, but even that has extreme care going into each thread. Overall, this shoe is going to be one that will take care of you if you take care of it. Due to it utilizing real, high-quality suede leather and polished leather, you are definitely going to want to treat the Ivy Logo Patch Low. It isn’t necessary to keep the shoe looking great, as its polished leather will maintain its sheen for quite a bit, but it will help maintain the integrity of the materials going into this shoe. A basic suede spray and leather lotion would be the ideal products for this Frye. If you get a colorless lotion for the leather treatment, you can use it on any color leather on anything leather, from saddlebags to belts.
Notable Features

Notable Features

This shoe is pretty cool looking and the more you admire it the more you notice all of its cool little features. On the side of this shoe, antiqued silver hardware accents create the gorgeous Frye logo. It is a more abstract approach to the usual iconic branding, with the studded outline of the polished overlay still being immediately recognizable. The accents really do change the overall look of the shoe. When you mix materials that are already unique in their own right, the result you get is a really interesting visual appeal. This looks like it is made by craftsman, which it is, but has that modern twist to create a fashionably appealing final product. On the outsole, there is a bit of a brushed look which gives it more of a rustic appeal. This pair of Ivy Logo Patch Lows come with two pairs of laces, helping you style this look to your exact preferences. On the heel, the classic logo of the double Frye F is stamped into the leather itself. Even the interior of this Frye Ivy Logo Patch Low is leather, putting the finishing touches on a unique and interesting sneaker for anyone’s wardrobe.
Outsole

Outsole

Rubber outsoles are great for so many reasons. One reason to love the outsoles of this Frye Ivy Logo Patch Low is because of their flexibility from the get-go. Rubber outsoles don’t require any breaking in, as a leather sole would. Fry knew exactly when to use a different material, which boosts the comfort of the shoe. There is also much greater shock absorption in rubber soles than is in leather. It is sturdy enough to feel quite comfortable for those that need a sturdier base. Rubber is also extremely water-resistant, so this Ivy Logo Patch Low will be very resilient to water damage if you treat the upper prior to exposure. Rubber soles tend to last forever, so as long as they don’t crack, you will never have to replace the sole on this Frye. This shoe is a lovely casual look, so the soles add much more to this Frye than they take away and the horizontal traction is more than adequate for any activity you wear them during. The flat sole doesn’t take away from the sleek silhouette of the shoe yet it isn’t so flat that it will make your feet ache. Rubber soles are the ideal for athleisure styles for these reasons, and Frye clearly knew what they were doing when making the Ivy Logo Patch Low.
Price

Price

For an all-leather shoe, you can usually expect to pay a bit of a higher price than the usual mesh or textile uppers. Frye is a longstanding brand that has a very established history in the shoemaking business, so this leather option from them is actually much more than just a bit higher. This Ivy Logo Patch Low by Frye is basically double the price of a typical brand name sneaker. Many buyers won’t really have access to this type of athleisure shoe, which is a shame. The cost of production in a shoe like this is extremely high. The materials are specially curated and a lot of time is put into creating the shoe and crafting it to be the gorgeous final product that you see here. The embellishments are done by hand and every detail, like the antiquing of the hardware, adds to its rustic but sophisticated appeal. That doesn’t make it any less expensive, however, and this shoe is going to be for everyone at its price point. If you have the money to spend, this is great footwear to spend it on.
Style

Style

If you like more rule-breaking fashion, this Frye Ivy Logo Patch Low will likely be right up your alley. Its mixture of different textures and finishes of leather looks rich and seductive but the overall shoe is subtle and casual. Shimmering pewter is on the main body and makes the overall look super eye-catching and fun. Tan suede accents soften the metallic charm of the rest of the shoe. Its laces come in two different colors to best accent your favorite outfit. Contrasting colors of material that still have coordinating elements create an almost patchwork look. The metal hardware is unique and not something you see on many sneakers. Most studded styles stick to stainless steel or rhinestones, so the vintage look of the metals on this is refreshing compared to what we normally see.
Support

Support

The footbed of this Frye is actually a fabulous endeavor in minimalist comfort. Like many leather options with the more bare construction, this is supportive while still managing to keep a slim and appealing profile. The footbed is anatomically designed to contour to your feet and keep you at ease all day. The arch support worked into the footbed provides much more support than the average athleisure shoe. Great arch support changes how you stand and carry yourself, this helps you to walk tall and feel amazing while doing it. The padded collar and slight cushioning in the tongue offer awesome support for the ankle when walking and holding the foot in place on the contoured footbed. An ideal environment for your foot means very little unless you have the proper positioning and this sneaker doesn’t at all forget that. Drye did a fantastic job packing a lot of reliable attributes into this slim footwear.
Upper

Upper

What makes this shoe so gorgeous truly is the materials. Frye classifies their leathers by grain, finish, and source. This careful selection process that goes into the curating of materials is a completely different concept for many sneaker manufacturers. Shoemakers have long looked for the perfect materials for shoes, but when mass production began, brands largely became more concerned with cheap materials and cost-saving measures. Frye is more concerned with quality, and it shoes. Full-grain leather and specialized treatments create the upper that makes this Ivy Logo Patch Low so different. A shoe such as this one deserves to be recognized for its combination of such amazing components. Where corners are cut in other sneakers, Frye goes a step beyond. The textures of the leather are complimentary towards the different overlays.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This may not be an everyday sneaker for everyone, but it is definitely a beautiful leather athleisure option that would be a welcome addition to any collection. Though the price is in a higher bracket than the usual athleisure style, and the style is best suited for fall or winter, this sneaker has so many gorgeous components that can’t go unnoticed. The price is due to its ambitious craftsmanship and fine materials. Frye has a reputation for its iconic styles and countless years of dedication to footwear and when you see shoes like the Ivy Logo Patch Low, it is obvious their reputation is well-earned.