Fifth Avenue, NYC
Words/Images Judith Ecochard
"What’s not to love?"
That’s was our emphatic gush at for our exclusive preview of footwear/ accessories at the highly coveted Frye's Pre-Fall 2011 collections…what many felt “was the best show (at the tradeshow FFANY) ever.”
Lucky us, we had Michael Petry the chief Creative guru- takes us around for the tour of the outstanding foot offerings---set for delivery mid-late Spring 2011.
|The Boot of the Season...|
An image John A. Frye- a reminder of this company’s American heritage was front and center on a table holding a collection of old world, Spanish hertage kind of kickers that we thought STUNNING. Priced around $600 using “existing lasts” have forever beauties are made in Mexico--- hand wiped for patina perfection.
Other two tone Riding classics in color waves---as pictured above. Major gush.
Clogs-a little different to this updated 70’s staple-detailed cut-outs, hand hammered studs...
Distressed leather---added sheen in a Vernoica Slouch…we love the pull-on ease of these lookers.
|Traction on the soles-made for walking|
| Vintage-y Pebble Textured Leather=FANTASTIC---the feel is incredible|
Limited editions and some color updates on Fall/Spring 2010 profiles...kept our heads spinning for good reasons.
Over the Knee---in new color waves...
Over the Knee---in new color waves...
TOTES---Our top carry-alls want its---"BRAND RIGHT" ---in full grain calf leather.
|Thick stitch---if retailers sell one tote---this should be it.|
|Vintage Stud Tote|
|Terrific...back detail elevates from ordinary--- to Frye|
Reed Runners and Kira's are classic Frye styles. Here--- in super soft washed leather--- in slip-ons and high tops.
|Back to back "F's" - an on trend logo|
LEATHER STORIES "Smaller groups of big items"---meaning different takes on major styles for FRYE-lasts...silhouettes.
Easy city boots
Our eyes popped at the Paige variations---a vintage look---that's a cool lace-up booty, oxford and tall riding...soft washed buffalo leather with thin, flexible soles.
Casual Otis and James penny loafers in a soft grain leathers....
A Top Three: the short and taller Carmen back lace up in antique brushed full grain-can leave it dangling...
Clogs---round and square toes...with hand hammered / leather harness details... the stacked heels---especially the leather overed =well done taking this hippy staple- polish.
Kilty looks-Menswear inspired...the Frye way...Burnished Antique, Tumbled Full Grain Leather and Brush-off Leather.
|Naiya Kiltie Oxford|
The Jane Boot---with hand wiped leather...elegance to a casual profile.
Nice detail in the shorty... and a Rock Star high version as well.
|Fringes, braided straps-lug soles-this is a versatile kicker that works well dressed up or down. A great value.|
|Lace-up back on this ballet flat|
This is the "new everyday boot..."
The more rounded toe gives it feminine flair...hand burnished leather for warm tones...
A look from the guys---Oxford lace-ups and graduated tones on an urban hiker boot.
|Carson Pull-ons Antiqued/Vintage/Burnished Leather Options|
|This harness-stacked heel would look great with jeans tucked in...clog version pictured above.|
|Convertible shoulder in mustard ($398)-- haulers like this reasonably priced|
|Wallace Chukka $228!!!!|
|Leather heel trim elevates what could have been a drab shoe|
|More style here---with a heel and studs.|
Surprise... fun chukka.wallaby styles in Oiled Suede are very popular.
Major sellers---wedge boots/booties...with leather trim.
|Classic profiles---distressed finishes, hand-worked.|
|Harlow silhouettes and a plush Jillian Convertible Shoulder in Tan|
Office footwear gets a Frye take...in vintage distressed leather pumps and Oxfords---
Everyday boot options...with a feminine round toe.
|Taylor Gore Bootie|
Flirty T-Straps---Lois and higher heeled Miranda---check out how clever the upper strap wraps around.... available in Burnished Antique and Brush Off leathers.
|Mocassins...with contrast stitching, Dusty leathers|
|Love the leather interior|
A Harness/two rings in a tall boot---the heel and round toe takes it out of the riding ring and to the streets.
|Zippers---for a slimmer fit|
Multi-straps are a big trend in footwear...Veronica style waves epitomize classic Frye.
|Hand hammered leather-|