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  • teethtime
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    Excellent, thanks for the pointers 👍

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  • Geo
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    The Frye Walter boots have a design flaw that results in them coming apart where the tongue is attached to the vamp. I went through several pairs and they all started to come apart rather quickly. I finally ended up bringing them to a cobbler to have them reinforced and they've held up pretty well since then. They also have this green plastic rod that will come out of the mock toe. It serves absolutely no purpose and you can pull it out completely once its starts to pop out. I actually posted in the forum and in the comments on the main site warning people. Other people commented that they had similar issues. See the last comment on the first page of this thread:
    https://threads.dappered.com/showthr...935#post195935

    Some of the comments disappeared from the article on the main site but you can see Joe's update alluding to the issues that other posters and I had:
    https://dappered.com/2013/10/super-1...rsday-handful/

    TLDR; the initial quality on the Frye Walter boots isn't great. That said if you're willing to spend a little to have them reinforced by a cobbler they're a really good looking boot and they'll end up lasting a lot longer.

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  • teethtime
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    Quality of Frye vs JCrew Kenton

    I really like the Kenton Pacer and the Frye Walter (made in USA). With some discounts they'll both hover around the 160 mark. I know Frye gets a semi bad rap for quality price ratio, but if both were similarly priced around 160 which do you think is of higher quality? Over on goodyearwelt they seem to have at least a semi favorable opinion of each boot given a good price for them.

    Also, as an add on, you can see I'm shooting for a Alden knock off. I also found these http://m.6pm.com/p/gordon-rush-owen-...682/color/7536 . Any thoughts on their style vs quality/price? Gordon Rush doesn't carry that great a reputation, I actually have a pair of their shoes that have held up quite well but we're given me as a gift, I didn't purchase them. If these boots are similar in quality I think it might be a steal for 60 bucks.
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