In 1863, John A. Frye opened the doors to his very first store, paving the way for countless generations of artisans. As the original craftsmen of American footwear, Frye continues to honor a passion for creating iconic styles using the finest leathers. Rooted in tradition, Frye was originally inspired by our everyday American heroes over the decades. Cavalry infantrymen. World War II soldiers. Fighter pilots. Factory workers. Word of Frye’s uncompromising quality and reputation spread. Frye has since become an American icon, worn by the courageous and the cool, from John Lennon to Jackie O.