FRYE Reed Strappy Bootie Review

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The Frye Company has always been primarily dedicated to using quality leather and precision stitching in the crafting of their footwear. They hold true to their promise with the Frye Reed Strappy Bootie. Walk into spring, summer, and/or fall in these sleek, sophisticated 2 ½ inch stunning heeled booties. Made with a leather (suede also available) upper, leather lining, leather footbed, stacked leather heel, and leather and rubber outsole, these booties scream quality and fashion from top to bottom. They feature a gorgeous bridle-inspired lattice detailing on the outer heel that amplifies the Western-influenced look. The lattice has an adjustable strap for a customizable fit with an antique silver finish buckle. There is also a zipper closure on the inner heel to make for an easier time putting on and taking off, and an elegant pointed toe. You don’t need a fancy occasion for an excuse to buy or wear these booties. They have a very trendy, versatile look. Wear them to grocery shop, go out to dinner, have a picnic, go to the mall. Wear them to a fancy dinner party. The fact that the heel is only 2 ½ inches tall and is chunky means that you can wear them longer and with less pain and discomfort than a higher, thinner heel. The shaft height is 4 ¾ inches and the shaft circumference is 10 inches. The Frye Reed Strappy Bootie is available in whole and half sizes, ranging from 5 ½ to 11. They also come in polished leather, textured leather, or suede upper material with 4 color options.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Sleek, contemporary design

Versatility 

Stability 

Comfort t

Adjustable for the perfect fit

Cons

Not suited for winter conditions 

No wider size available

Brand

Brand

John A. Frye opened doors to the very first Frye shop on Elm Street in Marlboro, MA in 1863; paving the way for numerous generations of Frye’s that were dedicated to the art of craftsmanship like their fathers before them. The very first boot ever made was by The Frye Company in 1888. This boot gives testimony to 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 factory in town to run on electricity. US servicemen and women traveled the world from Normandy to Okinawa with Frye boots on their feet in World War 2 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 $2 million to the cause. In 2018, Frye celebrated 155 of dedication to authentic heritage styles and Americana roots.
Upper

Upper

The Frye Reed Strappy Bootie offers three options for upper material; polished leather, textured leather, or suede. If you're not familiar with any of these materials, here is a little bit of information on each of them.

Polished leather, also known as polished binder or bookbinder leather, has a top coat (acrylic, resins and/or parmesans) added to the leather. This coat gives the shoe the shiny, polished appearance. It is used substantially in the footwear industry and by many high end shoe makers.

Textured leather is a treated leather that is made by the texture/pattern being pressed on it by a machine. Textured leather is widely known for its diagonal lines and cross-hatch print. It is finished off with a wax treatment, giving it a slight sheen.

Suede is made out of the split layers from the corium part of the hide, which is scraped to the point of impressive softness. The resulting nap resembles velvet. Suede is soft and workable, but also more susceptible to dirt and stains. It needs treated regularly to keep its smoothness and suppleness.
Breathability

Breathability

One of the special properties of leather is breathability, with which no substitute can compare. Leather can expel moisture in the form of vapor and that’s one thing that makes it unique. This ability can be essential, especially when it comes to shoes. The ability to absorb sweat and humidity, and then release it, also means that your feet will remain substantially drier and fresher than they would with other material. Breathable material is important for healthy feet. The air entering your shoes make your legs feel relaxed, and if the air could not go back out, your feet would sweat. Without air flow, you’re likely to have an odor and possibly develop diseases caused by fungi and bacteria that grow in damp, warm places. The Frye Reed Strappy Bootie is made of leather from top to bottom, toe to heel, so it provides optimal breathability in every way. If you have sweaty feet, these booties will be your friend!
Comfort

Comfort

Feel free to wear the Frye Reed Strappy Booties out and about all day without being afraid of pain, discomfort, and fatigue. There are many features of this bootie that will help provide you with all the comfort you could hope for. The stacked leather heel is in a chunky block shape, which gives more support and more evenly distributes your weight, leaving way to a far comfier experience than stilettos. Block heels are also easier to walk in because of the higher surface area. The heel is also only 2 ½ inches, which is short enough to keep the balls of your feet from aching, but tall enough to be elegant in any setting. The leather lining will feel soft on the skin and conform to the shape of your foot. It also allows air flow, keeping your feet dry and cool. The leather footbed will also allow your feet to breathe, while still giving you the support and comfort that you need and deserve. Being about to adjust the fit of the bootie to your own customized snugness is a huge benefit that will help many find more comfort.
Fit

Fit

The way your shoe fits you is obviously extremely important when it comes to choosing what you’re going to wear. Ill-fitting shoes can increase the chance of injury. Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with very little slipping. The shoes should not ride up or down on your heel as you’re walking, and the Frye Reed Strappy Bootie features an adjustable lattice detail with a buckle so that you can make sure they are snug enough. The upper of the shoe should match the shape of your foot (or be able to), and be made of a soft and flexible material. The leather upper of this bootie has the ability to form to the shape of your foot, and is soft and flexible; not to mention breathable. The soles of your shoes should protect you from slips and falls; the soles of this bootie are leather and rubber, which will do just that. The fact that the heels are medium height means that they will be more comfortable, safer, and less damaging. Keep in mind that the Frye Reed Strappy Bootie has a pointed toe. You know your body, so you know if that’s a problem for you or not.
Heel

Heel

These booties have a comfortable, subtle, yet chic 2 ½ inch heel. This heel height is short enough to keep you comfortable for a longer period of time, but tall enough to add some spice to your outfit; be it jeans, leggings, a skirt, dress, or dress slacks. It is in a chunky block style and is comprised of stacked leather. Stacked heels (also known as built heels), make it appear as though thin layers of wood or other materials have been stacked on top of each other to craft the heel. The chunky style of the heel will provide you with exponentially more support than a stiletto heel could. It also distributes your weight more evenly, giving you a much more comfortable, relaxed ride. Block heels are easier to walk in and have a more casual look. But don’t think that just because they have a more casual look means that you have to only wear them casually. The sleek look of the leather, the lattice detailing with a silver buckle, and the pointed toe all make these booties stunning; and they deserve to be worn whenever the opportunity arises.
Weight

Weight

You can enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your legs and feet will not be crying by the end of the day after wearing these booties. They weigh in at 13 oz each, so you won’t be using all of your precious energy picking your foot up off the ground. When you have less weighing your foot down, you’ll find you can walk faster and further, and your body will thank you for it. Lightweight shoes inevitably wear out faster than heavier shoes, but the chunky block heel will help add some life to your booties because they provide more support and stability. The rubber addition to the front of the outsole will also help the longevity of them. Whether you plan to wear these booties for one minute or multiple hours, you can rest assured that your feet and legs and back won’t be experiencing pain, discomfort, and fatigue (unless you have foot troubles). Enjoy the extra energy you’ll have to spend on things you actually want to do, instead of using it all to lift your feet to walk.
Color

Color

The Frye Reed Strappy Bootie is offered in 4 stunning colors and 3 different types of leather; polished leather, textured leather, and suede. The beige booties are suede material and they can be worn with any color you’ve got in your closet. Perfect for any situation or environment. However, since they are suede, you will need to protect them more diligently because they are not resistant to stains. Be sure to clean them regularly. Dress it up a little more with the textured leather in black. Pair with black clothes to go to a concert, or with leggings for a night out with friends. Cognac is also a textured leather and can be paired with anything except black (if you care about color matching rules). Lastly, there is the gorgeously stunning off white polished leather. This color and polished leather combination is extremely sleek. This is probably the most versatile color of them all because you can wear them for anything from a walk in a park to a fancy business dinner. Off white can also be paired with any color imaginable. With 4 different shades, you’re sure to be able to mix up the perfect outfit.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Frye Reed Strappy Bootie is a perfect representation of the brand’s dedication to high quality and high fashion footwear. Not to mention comfortable. These booties will keep your feet dry and cool with its breathability factor. You can customize the fit to be perfect for your feet specifically by adjusting the lattice strap on the side with the gorgeous silver buckle. There is also a zipper closure on the inner ankle to allow for easy putting on and taking off. The pointed toe and subtle 2 ½ heel add extra little pops of style to the bootie. Since it is constructed almost entirely of leather, these booties are extremely breathable, lightweight, and comfortable (leather is flexible, allowing it to conform to the shape of your foot for a secure fit). They may come at a high price, but the quality of the material used in creating these booties has enough benefits to make up for it. These booties will last as long as you take care of them. And down the road, if the sole wears out, you can just replace it instead of buying a whole new pair of shoes.