How Frye Boots are made – BRANDMADE.TV



these boots were made for more than just walking they explored America stormed the beaches of Normandy and covered the feet of generals there's even a pair on display in the Smithsonian it's American to the roots over fries history they've made countless styles of boots for both men and women it's the durability it's the comfort I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that man can wear two women can wear it for their 150th anniversary an old favorite gets a retool we wanted to do something it was Americana this is the American harness anniversary boot fries are just as likely to be roughed up on country roads as they are to be perched on motorcycles or walking city streets you can wear it with anything you want and it looks good whether you're running around town whether you're working in it for every Friday Saturday at shoe fry uses more than enough leather in one year to blanket Carnegie Hall in the past year we cut over 700,000 square feet of leather for fry boots they test the color the weight and the finish a machine called a last ometer uses ball bearings under air pressure to test the strength of the leather the main thing I will always look for in the leather is white make sure there's not very many scars has a good break make sure the last ometer doesn't break the leather and just good color boot manufacturing has its own set of lingo the vamp covers the toe the counter encloses the heel and the uppers fit around the calves each of those boots are made up of approximately 70 parts cutting a leather is the first step sharpened steel cutters and 20 tons of pressure stamp out the pieces which then move to the fitting Department that's where we actually take the two-dimensional parts and fit them together into a three-dimensional boot the American harness is stitched with a pattern of stars and stripes using a computer-assisted machine for precision there's a tapa trium then I go back and put a second row aligning its stitched to the individual pieces pigskin is used because it has oars making it breathable the vamp the part that covers the toe is sewn to the front upper making up the front half of the boot the counter the part that covers the heel is sewn to the back upper making up the back half of the boot you won't you outside leather the inside leather and the counter all to become one piece the two halves are stitched together this leaves the boot inside-out so we developed this boot turner we put the top of the boot in and when it comes back up out of the tube then you've got the boot with the finished side out the counter or heel is then molded the fit of the boot in the heel area is very important and a key fitting feature you don't want to slip in the heel the top of this fried food is complete at this stage the counter and the vamp are assembled but they don't look much like a food to create the foot shape a plastic form called a last is inserted it will be removed when the boot is nearly finished we tack the insole which is the foundation of the footwear to the last the edges of the vamp encounter which is the toe and heel are nailed over the insole into the last a hot steam process softens the leather and takes on the foot shape of the last that's where we apply box toes it's the Box toe and the harness on the boot that really define its style it gives it that western vintage look that have the rings and straps and clips on them next is the welt a strip of leather that connects the upper the insole and the outsole the welt is what makes it easy to resole the boot he's had to take the welt off from rubato mitt first the welt is stitched to the upper and the insole a tedious task that was done by hand until Charles Goodyear the son of the man who invented tire rubber revolutionized the shoe industry by inventing the Goodyear welted machine so good your well thing really changed kind of what shoe making in its entirety was about the souls of the regular harness boot are made of neoprene neoprene is the synthetic material used to make wetsuits for scuba diving neoprene is an improvement over rubber because it performs very well in flexibility in cold weather or hot weather the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary harness boot gets a special leather sole with a neoprene heel a super strong cement adheres the soul to the wealth we will actually heat activate the urethane cement next the bottom sole is stitched to the wealth using another good year innovation the Goodyear stitcher that gives you the white stitching on the bottom of the boot and it gives you the color stitching on top of the welt at the same time so that you're framing that boot with that outsole then it's on to edge trimming where the toe and sides of the outsole are shaped there are no guidelines it has to be done by eyeing it first thing you got to look for on these boats when you pick them up you want to look to see where your stitches are at so you don't get too close to them and cut them it's all about finesse at this station but with a blade running at nearly 10,000 rpm it also needs a good set of nerves once it has a nice smooth edge it's ready to move on to the scraper now it's got to go up to the scraper over/under they put a small lip on the bottom for a little fanciness it's at this point the plastic last is taken out of the boot and the heel is nailed on it's one close shave after another as the heel takes its turn on a different blade this gives the design to the heel but they have already trimmed in fact this for a start here and go around the heel will be smoothed out further than inked and waxed finally tacked nailed and sewn with a finished heel the boot is ready for inspection we actually feel inside the boot for tags we also have a camera mounted where we can view the inside of the insult a cushioned heel pad on top of the insole covers the tacks all good on the inside it goes for a QC on the outside look at the trim make sure the finish is good on home and look for any scars or scratches or cut from the first cut to the packaging it takes 12 days to finish one boot and 70000 harness boots are made in this facility every year certainly the last eyes to look at them before they go out in the box to go to the customer it's taken a hundred and fifty years of manufacturing to turn this footwear into an icon we want to be part of everyone's live and we want our products to be part of everyone's moment you

37 Comments

  • Ben Johnson

    April 14, 2019

    Show us the chinese factory they made in.

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  • Mads Gullstein

    April 14, 2019

    I'm saving up for a pair… They look awesome!

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  • domitry jobby

    April 14, 2019

    this looks to be a very high quality product

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  • BearPapa1990

    April 14, 2019

    Frye is American by the shape is ugly they should’ve stuck with making their original engineer boots from the 1950’s

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  • Kim Kim

    April 14, 2019

    Best boots ever

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  • Will Hopkins

    April 14, 2019

    I’d love to work with the scraper Guy

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  • Michael Oram

    April 14, 2019

    One more thing I want to say about 25 and I work for them I was a cutter I Mister island on the company Mac McDonough was the company manager and Joe Lawrence what's the floor manager at that time was great company work fun I work for them for 30 years makes me happy to see that they're still in business today

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  • Michael Oram

    April 14, 2019

    I watched it again you know you're making the boots are almost the same way as we made it back in the 60s and the 70s and the 80s I work for Frye shoes in Marlborough Massachusetts when I work for them a man named this to island on the company

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  • Jess Gatt

    April 14, 2019

    Just ordered a pair of short calf zippered square-toed, in Cognac, for my 71st birthday, my last pair lasted me twenty five years, my brother still wears em when he rolls his Harley.

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  • mr saxophon

    April 14, 2019

    These boots look cringy af

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  • Eritka Valdivia-Flores

    April 14, 2019

    Too bad they don’t make them in wide sizes

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  • THE BANDIT THE BANDIT

    April 14, 2019

    Best boots. Period.

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  • Richard W

    April 14, 2019

    Bless the workers. I hope they love their jobs and machines never take them.

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  • Korina Chadwick

    April 14, 2019

    I have some vintage campus boots that I love, but they’re a size small for me. Oh well. Finding a pair in a women’s 10 was hard enough. No way I could get vintage ones in an 11.

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  • Uriel De La Vega

    April 14, 2019

    Nice boots

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  • OSMAN SOSA

    April 14, 2019

    made in usa MAGA

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  • shanu hasan

    April 14, 2019

    I like this black boot so much, but how can I bought this one n what it's price????

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  • Fautismus

    April 14, 2019

    This is some untamed yeehaw right here. I'm lovin' it!

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  • Sajjadali Sajjadali

    April 14, 2019

    How much this shoes

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  • Sajjadali Sajjadali

    April 14, 2019

    I like this shoes but don't have many I can't parching

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  • Sajjadali Sajjadali

    April 14, 2019

    May favorite shoes

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  • Ryan Gamba

    April 14, 2019

    I have a Frye boots and LOVE IT SO MUCH?

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  • Tony Go

    April 14, 2019

    I hate the fact they making the boots shorter than before . The look like ankle boots now. So I will have to look else where for boots now.

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  • marvin19966

    April 14, 2019

    fucking thicc zuckerberg

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  • katrachö Salvajë

    April 14, 2019

    i got the belted harness 12r chesnut boots. love them!!!

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  • Julio Cesar Panduro Urquia

    April 14, 2019

    Boots fantastic texano…

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  • Adriana Garcia

    April 14, 2019

    Me and my boyfriend both work here….Addison in Wynne Ar.

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  • smalltownmoto 1

    April 14, 2019

    I want some how much?

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  • grateful observer

    April 14, 2019

    Where can you buy this pair in the UK?

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  • Joe Guzman

    April 14, 2019

    The lady cutting the leather has pictures of her children it shows her love for them it's beutiful

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  • soopa doopa

    April 14, 2019

    I bought my 12" Harness boots back in 2004. Can't tell where they were made but I have another pair of Frye boots that were made in Mexico.

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  • Samiha Samosa

    April 14, 2019

    Yee haw Yee Yee

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  • Adnan Ahmad

    April 14, 2019

    Can you make elevator boots as frey.??

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  • Haiden Geary

    April 14, 2019

    The first Frye ever was opened in the city I live in. Marlborough, Massachusetts. I live right down the street, used to play in the main factory after it closed.

    Sadly, Frye sold out, literally. They stopped making them in the U.S., and now have people making them for pathetic wages in China dna Mexico. Fucking sell outs!

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  • M G Horvath

    April 14, 2019

    My pair of Frye boot's sole separated after 2 months. They aren't that good quality anymore.

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  • donschein1

    April 14, 2019

    most of it made in Mexico

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  • HONG J

    April 14, 2019

    I love Frye! Great products

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