Frye boots were the cool boots to have and wear when I was in high school and college in the '70s. I bought my first pairs of Fryes in 1970 and continued to buy them until the early '90s. I have 10 pairs of Frye Boots in my current collection. (I had as many as 20 pairs in the past, but have sold some vintage Fryes that no longer fit me.)
Unfortunately, the John A. Frye Shoe Company of Marlborough, Massachusetts, which made these boots since the 1890s was sold in 1987 and a series of owners since then. Bootmaking was outsourced to various third-party manufacturers, including some in the USA, Mexico, Spain, and China in 2003 and quality suffered significantly when that happened.
The history of the company is interesting. I have documented it at this link.
Pictured below is a sample of each of the various Frye boots that I own. Click on the picture or the words to the right to view more images of that style of boot.
See a YouTube video about my Frye Boots