The Frye Company has been manufacturing top of the line boots for men since 1863. In fact, you can check out examples of Frye boots at the Smithsonian museum since Frye is the oldest American shoe company in existence. Frye is known for top of the line quality and iconic style. Frye boots have been worn by prospectors, pioneers, members of the United States cavalry, the soldiers who fought World War II including General Patton, bikers, hippies and men who care about style alike. You can still get the same models that Frye has been making since the 1860s, or you can go for one of the company's newer looks.
You can't go wrong with a classic pair of black motorcycle boots. Also called harness boots or engineer boots, motorcycle boots are leather pull-ons with a buckled harness over the bridge and a rounded toe. The Frye Rogan Engineer, priced at about $328, rises just above your ankle with an eight inch shaft. The boot has a full grain, genuine leather upper and rubber soles with a one and a quarter inch heel. The Rogan also has a buckle at the top so that you can adjust the width of the calf. The Rogan comes in black stone washed leather, black distressed leather, dark brown or stone ombre.
As much as you would like to, you probably cannot get away with wearing motorcycle boots to your job if you work in an office. If you are looking for something a bit more refined, try the Phillip Lace Up. At about $250, this lace up boot is made from soft, distressed vintage leather and has a rounded, slightly pointed toe. The boot has a mod look to it but is not so flashy that you could not wear it with a suit. The Phillip has a seven inch shaft with a tab to help you pull it up and a small, half inch heel that keeps it from looking like it belongs at a disco.
Not everyone who works does it in an office. If you work outdoors, in construction or landscaping for example, you need a tough, comfortable boot. That does not mean that you do not care about style though. Take a look at the Frye Cobb Hiker at $300. This boot comes in black or dark brown and features traditional D ring lacing with speed hooks and a Goodyear welted sole. This boot is made to be comfortable if you happen to be on your feet all day and has an antique leather upper and a thickly padded foot. It also has a padded ankle and a one inch heel.
Frye even makes a few styles of cowboy boots, including the $278 Billy Pull On. This boot is a retro cowboy boot that comes in several colors of tumbled, full grain, embroidered leather. It has a ten and a half inch tall shaft with tabs to help you pull the boot on, a leather upper, leather lining and even a leather sole so you can wear these boots line dancing.