Tony Bianco Fraya Review
Tony Bianco has been designing shoes for a couple of decades, starting in 1972 with the goal to make great quality and fashionable shoes that customers will love. The Tony Bianco Fraya ankle boots are just one more in their line of footwear. Unfortunately, these particular boots just did not sit too well with many customers. They are a hit or miss type of boot that customers are either going to love or hate. One thing that they did right is the look. Consumers can agree that these look great and are extremely versatile. Whether you are attending a business meeting or going shopping with some friends these are going to be the perfect fit. Making the transition from your summer attire to fall fashion is seamless with these great Chelsea boots. Most of the problems with the Fraya’s, however, comes with comfort and durability.
The uppers are stiff and the almond toe is a little too narrow causing them to pinch and restrict your movements while you are on the go. Additionally, some customers stated that they are not the most durable and tend to suffer from some premature wear and tear which can become rather frustrating. If you are looking for a great looking boot that will compliment any outfit then these are going to be perfect, however, if you are in the market for a comfortable boot you can wear all day then you might want to consider a different option.
- Great classic style
- Couple color options
- 2" stacked heel
- Stiff and uncomfortable
- Almond toe is narrow
- Durability issues
- High price tag
Some customers had some issues with the quality of the uppers of these boots, stating that they did not feel like they were authentic leather and stated that it was more man-made materials with a thin layer of leather bonded on top. Some reviewers also mentioned that the uppers of these boots have the tendency to scuff very easily so that is something that you might want to keep in mind when purchasing them.
They feature a stacked block heel that measures in at 5.5 cm (about 2 inches) on average. Customers appreciate the little bit of extra height they get from the heels. The stacked heel gets its name because it is made up of multiple layers stacked on top of each other to give it a more aesthetically pleasing look and a longer lifespan than if it was just one solid block of materials. The average person will land heel first while they are walking so the extra heel and the stacked construction will help ensure they wear at the heels first and increase the durability of the whole sole.
There are a couple of color options available for purchase. You can choose between black, hazel velvet suede, or rust diesel. Most customers opt for the classic black leather look, but it is nice to know that there are two other colors to choose from if you want to step away from the simple black.
Customers stated that the uppers did not feel like they were made out of genuine leather, rather a thin layer of leather bonded to the top. Because of this, they felt stiff and uncomfortable, causing rubbing and restricting the movement of their feet while they were walking. One customers stated that the stiffness of the uppers jabbed into her toes while she was walking. Additionally, some reviewers had issues with the almond toe box, stating that it was too narrow and pinched their toes while they were out and about. One reviewer mentioned that because of the angles of the toe box her big toe would push uncomfortably into the side of the shoe, potentially causing a bunion or blisters.
These boots are great for a plethora of occasions as well. You can easily pass them off as a pair of casual shoes to wear while running errands or attending a lunch date, among other things. They are going to fit right in with your business casual wear as well. You can wear them to the office or a business meeting without even batting an eye.
When it comes to arch support, there is not a whole lot of information. Since the levels of underfoot cushioning are unknown it is hard to say just how much support you arches will have. That being said, there are no customer comments or reviews that say they are lacking in that department.