Originally Posted by Calikid
Those are nice. Frye also has a shell boot available through Neiman Marcus. I like both the blucher and boot but not with the Frye logo on the side.
Originally Posted by Roguls
You've got to be kidding me. And a 100$ upcharge from Alden.
Originally Posted by NAMOR
I think the frye shell offerings are intended to attract more attention to te brand and elevate its name in consumers minds. case in point fryes entry into the upscale neiman Marcus. Think ford gt amongst a slew of midsize cars and pickup trucks. It's hard to believe that fryes would produce an exact style to compete with a market leads and the. List it for $100 more
Originally Posted by DpprDr
Alden is definitely seeing a lot of competition lately. the interesting part of the Frye PTB is that it seems to have a nice sheen that is typical of Alden. AE also rolled out a new finish recently too.
Is the glossy finish's secret out? How come I didn't hear of it?
Agree with all of the above. I think they will inevitably snag buyers that are loyal to the brand, who will unwittingly buy these not realizing that they could get a better value from Alden (or another brand like AE for that matter). I would be hesitant on these for a few reasons beyond their price. The don't look substantially different to make them a valuable asset over a comparable PTB from Alden or AE. I also have to assume that these are not made in USA, since they generally proudly stamp the ones that are as such. They also leave some mystery as to the "guts" of the shoe, and its construction. It looks goodyear-welted, but again, their made in USA shoes typically say "genuine goodear-welt" on the insole, which again, these do not. Even the ones that are made in USA and are goodyear-welted seem to use a paperboard insole underneath a leather wrapped foam cushion sock liner, which is substantially inferior in quality to a natural leather insole. In my experience, manufacterers are usually quick to boast about a shoe being goodyear-welted, so if it doesn't say so, there may be some funny business going on.
Anyway, that was just a last thought, since this is the Alden thread and I don't want to attract the Gestapo for talking about other brands.