Frye Kenzie Review

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Founded by John A. Frye in 1863, Frye claims to be the oldest continuously operated American shoe company. The company was founded in the city of Marlboro, Massachusetts, where the first Frye shop was set, and In the 1890s, Marlboro manufactured more shoes than any other city in the U.S. Impressive isn’t it?

If you take a quick look to the company’s history you’ll notice that the Frye company made the shoes that US servicemen wore in the WW2, and even General Patton was a huge fan of the Frye military boots during these troubled times in the world’s history.

Back in the swinging 60’s Frye was one of the most sought after shoe brands, and the designs made by this company was worn by presidents and movie stars. Jackie Kennedy, Jerry Lewis, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, and Liza Minnelli were some of the biggest fans of the Frye merchandise, and today they’ve expanded into the making of clothing as well.

But for the purpose of this review, the focus will be put on a highly feminine and 60’s inspired shoe that looks even better today than it did back in the ’60s. Frye Kenzie Slingback. Hope you’ll like this review.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Leather and rubber sole
Sling back
Flat profile
Pointed toe

Cons

No vegan option

Expensive

Outsole

Outsole

It’s not very often that you see a shoe with mixed materials on a half an inch high, pointy toe designed shoe. That’s right. The Kenzie Slingback shoe not only has an outsole that’s made from leather, it has a rubber insert at two key points in the outsole. One rubber insert is in the heal area of the outsole, while the other insert is at the forefront of the shoe. How cool is that? Not only is a sturdy material like leather composes the entire structure of the outsole, that very same outsole reinforced with two rubber inserts at two key areas of the shoe. We’ll get to the practicality and the meaning of those inserts bellow in this review.
Midsole

Midsole

Leather and more leather. Seriously. The luxurious feel of the leather can be found throughout the entire shoe, but the midsole is really something? Yes, the upper is always the first to be recognized, but having a good quality midsole made out of quality leather is a life-changing experience for any true shoe aficionado. The footbed of the shoe is lightly cushioned but added comfort and the entire midsole is made out of you’ve guessed it. Leather. The cushioning in the midsole is not too grand, but just enough to support a slingback style of shoe that also has a flat heel. Those two features can be quite tiring on the foot, especially on the arches, and the slight padding in the midsole help to relieve some of the pressure to the foot.
Upper

Upper

And, the probably most beautiful part of the entire shoe. Just look at it. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? A pointy toe shoe with a slingback style that has a flat heel is a thing of beauty, and Frye knows it. That’s precisely why the company designed this shoe. Not only does it look beautiful, but it was also made to give you the comfort aside from the beauty. Made from leather, the upper in the Kenzie Slingback shoe is exquisite and simple at the same time.

The sheer elegance and simplicity of the design make this shoe effortlessly chic and timeless, mostly because it was made with high-quality materials, and of course because it was inspired by a style that was so chic that it made a lasting impression on a whole series of designers. And that leather mentioned earlier is none other than prime Italian buffalo leather. Yup. The very same buffalo that gives you mozzarella. The soft leather lining gives you a more comfortable fit, and the easy slip-on style is made even easier with the leather with the leather strap at the back of the shoe.

And there’s no way one can ignore the stretchy panel at the Achilles heel strap. Not only it’s a nice little detail that pops a nice bit of detailing in the overall design it even takes care of the overall comfort of the shoe. Why? Because most of the slingback sandals require buckle to close the straps of the shoe. The buckle can make the shoes slightly uncomfortable and unnecessary complicated to be put on the foot and taken out. But, the Kenzie Slingback doesn’t have that problem. The stretchy panel does the trick without the need of hardware and wasted time in adjusting the buckle. And it also looks fabulous of course.
Comfort

Comfort

The half an inch heel will give you maximum comfort that’s for sure. But the comfort isn’t solely measured in the height of the heel, because most of the comfort comes from the leather strap in the back of the shoe and from the leather used all around the show as well. There’s nothing like the comfort that a good leather and fine Italian craftsmanship can provide.
Support

Support

The support is mostly provided by the leather outsole. Why? Because not only leather composes the entire outsole, it’s reinforced with rubber inserts in two key areas of the outsole. One insert can be found in the heel and one in the forefoot of the shoe. Although these rubber inserts may seem insignificant, they’re the very essence of the support and comfort that are given in this shoe.
Durability

Durability

Don’t ever underestimate the power of good buffalo leather and fine Italian craftsmanship. Seriously. Just those two things alone will provide you the durability that you need in a shoe, and the Kenzie Slingback is no exception. The durability can be felt in every aspect of the sandals, but mostly in the leather outsole and leather upper.
Flexibility

Flexibility

The leather is a highly flexible material, and the fact that it can be found on almost every inch of the Kenzie Slingback shoes makes this sandal one of the most flexible on the market. Don’t let the half inch heel and the slingback strap fool you. The lather is in the outsole and midsole, and although there is slight padding in the footbed, the flexibility is high in these shoes. You’ll be very impressed.
Stability

Stability

The same can be said about stability. The leather is not only flexible but also very stable material that can take some punches and rise above any occasion. Seriously. You should have faith in the leather, but the thin half inch heel and the padding in the midsole really do their thing and help a lot in the stability department without overpowering the shoe. Nobody needs a crowd, but a bunch of supportive elements that work together to bring you the highest possible stability with every step that you take.
Airflow

Airflow

Yes, the leather is a highly flexible material, but it’s also has a natural moisture-wicking property. Oh and because this is a sandal, some part of the shoe are cut out so, the air can freely penetrate to the foot without the need for additional ventilation. Your feet will be naturally aerated, fresh and odor free.
Terrain

Terrain

The Kenzie Slingback shoes are not meant to be worn on just any type of terrain. Sorry. The outsole of the shoes is really thing and although there’s some padding, the thin leather in the outsole makes waking on the chalky rough ground a lot harder. So, you should avoid surfaces that are wet, rough, filled with pebbles that can damage the leather in the shoes.
Traction

Traction

Unfortunately, the traction is not impressive either in these shoes. And it’s all due to the flat outsole, devoid from any ridging. The flat surface of the outsole will make you slip and fall if you’re not too careful, so wearing these shoes does require your attention. It’s well worth it though.
Style

Style

Just imagine that you’re Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. Seriously. The Audrey vibe that these shoes give away is unparallel, and the funny thing is, Audrey would have worn them if she was still alive today. The spirit of the ’60s is alive and well in the Kenzie Slingback shoes, and it can be seen in the pointy toe silhouette, the slingback style and the minimalism of the design. And as a woman who loved minimalism in her style, it’s safe to assume that she’d love these shoes. But you can channel your inner Audrey by wearing the Kenzie Slingback shoes with your favorite little black dress, for instance. Who needs the discomfort of the high heels, when the flat heel on a simplistic minimalistic retro-inspired shoe will do the trick just as well?

The key is to use your imagination and to let the luxurious materials and the effortless designs do all the talking for you. The Kenzie Slingback is work-appropriate shoes, and they look amazing with you buttoned down serious attire at your workplace. They’re also very transitional and you can easily wear them from day to nighttime events without jeopardizing your personal style. In fact, your personal style will get an upgrade with purchasing these shoes. They’ll become your wild-card in your closet and an item that you can mix and match depending on the occasion. And if you are a particular fan of the 60’s you’ll get a huge kick of these shoes, since they embody the era with nice throwback classic lines in the design.
Key features

Key features

100% Leather
Slingback strap
Flat profile
Pointed toe
Rubber sole
Rubber insert in forefoot and heel

Bottom line

The Kenzie Slingback is one amazing shoe. It’s designed for the fashion aficionados who have a penchant for retro 60’s inspired footwear. The shoes embody all the qualities of the era. The flat heel, the minimalism in the upper, the pointy toe, and the real leather used in every inch of the shoe. You’ll fall in love with these shoes, but if there’s one thing that could actually make them even better is the improvement in the padding. Yes, the midsole of the shoe is lightly padded, but it couldn’t hurt if that padding was a bit more pronounced. Extra padding would have made this shoe a lot more comfortable, especially because it’s a slingback style of a shoe, and because it’s extremely flat. Having a very flat heel can be very tiresome on the arches, and adding a bit more cushioning could have improved the comfort of the shoe.

But the minimalism of the design is the virtue when it comes to the look of the shoes. The leather is responsible for the feel, but the minimalism really brings out the elegance and the chic in every occasion. Yes, they’re a bit expensive, but you’ll get your money’s worth in comfort alone. When it comes to having materials like leather in the making of the shoe, and the true craftsmanship, the price tag really doesn’t matter. You’ll get quality, comfort, style, and durability in a versatile shoe that you’ll basically wear with just about anything. And you can’t put a price on that. The Audrey in you will thank you for the purchase, and the luxurious feel of the materials will be beneficial to your feet without jeopardizing the elegance. The Kenzie Slingback radiates with elegance and offers a sleek style that is bound to last for years to come. They’re an incredible investment, and you’ll feel the returns of that investment with every compliment that’s headed your way. For your next office meeting for your laid back, casual wedding that you’ll have to attend, the Kenzie Slingback will become your best friend and constant companion. You’ll never regret buying them, as they’re timeless, versatile and filled with classic minimalism. And the minimalism works with just about anything. With you’re an A-line skirt, with your classic pants, and with the flowy dress that you own for a very long time, but were too afraid to put on. Now you have the shoes for it.