Western Boot Roundup: 8 Styles to Buy

Have you ever wanted that Western look without having to relocate to the Lone Star State? Now you can by exploring some of the most authentic, trusted and leading boot brands Zappos has to offer! That’s right — we’ve got boots galore that are short, tall and everything in between to satisfy your wishful ranch-style living and cowgirl craving. 

The Frye Company has been creating top-notch quality leather products since their business began in 1863. For over 150 years, Frye’s footwear continues to be bench crafted from the finest full grain leather uppers, and are designed to last for years. Each shoe is carefully styled to emanate a sleek and sophisticated look that makes it impossible for knockoffs to duplicate.

 

 

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The devil is in the details with these sumptuous beauties above. Soft and smooth leather lining graces the Veronica and Malorie, and each bootie integrates a cushioned leather insole for lasting comfort. Hammered studs, metal buckles and a relaxed strap knot accent brings these styles to the forefront of footwear fashion.   

 

 

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Despite Frye’s influence on boots and Western attire, brands like Roper, Dingo, Dan Post and Ariat have also made a name for themselves with quality artistry and upper echelon materials. Suede fringe, elegant metal chain accents and distressed leather uppers are just a few of what these boots have to offer.

 

 

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One final brand to turn your attention to is Stetson. An American original since 1865, every Stetson boot is handmade using the finest quality leathers and construction methods to ensure durability and comfort. Stetson boots range from functional styles that can endure the abuses of the Western equestrian lifestyle to fashion boots that work just about everywhere else.

 

 

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Fabulous Fall: 3 Great Looks for the Fierce & Fabulous

Can you believe that it’s nearly fall? High school football has begun, and in a few short weeks we will be enjoying games while bundled up against the chill, cocoa in one hand and our cell phones in the other. The season of harvest festivals, apple picking, and yes, pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING is soon upon us. As I look out the windows here at work and see the shades of browns and greens beginning to change, I’m excited for cooler temperatures that open up the days to so many more possibilities.  

As leaves change colors and scatter to the ground, we’re given the chance to begin anew new. We don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to tackle that one adjustment we keep talking about. We can just simply take the first step and make it happen, from new jobs to new relationships and everything in between.

We can even take this new season to help us out of a personal rut, whether it be taking the same road every day to work or wearing dark, boring clothing every day. I admit that I have fallen into the trap of wearing dark colors because it is “slimming.” However, I’ve been making an effort to actually include color in my wardrobe. Thankfully there are some amazing pieces in this year’s fall collections! 

 

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One of my favorite trends this fall is a nod to the pumpkin-flavored-everything trend: gorgeous shades of oranges, warm browns reminiscent of cinnamon and nutmeg, and cool creams, all reminding us of the bounty of fall. Earthy tones, like this wonderful top by Vince Camuto, gently brings us down from the bright and poppy colors of summer.

 

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For those of us not quite ready to give in to the season of change, softer, muted tones of summer is reflected in these pieces by Rachel Pally and Steve Madden. Add in great accessories by Kendra Scott, unstructured bags of soft, supple leathers, and polished booties to add strut to your stride, and you’re ready for a fabulous fall.

 

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If you’re rocking any of the looks you’ve seen here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style! 

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Inspired By: Grown-Up Overalls

Let’s face it; overalls are one of the most polarizing trends right now. Although it’s true that certain overalls and overall pairings can run you the risk of looking kindergarten rather than grown-up chic, don’t dismiss this unexpectedly wearable trend just yet!

There are actually lots of ways to make the overall look very current and yes—even chic! Try doing a black and white pairing (like our lovely street style inspiration below) or opt for stark monochromatic white. If you prefer a more classic blue denim style, pair it with something dressier underneath, like a pretty silk blouse.

Check out our take on the updated, very of-the-moment overalls below!

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1. Alternative Cap Sleeve Crew in White

2. House of Harlow 1960 Tambora Triangle Necklace

3. Le Specs “Alohaha” Sunglasses

4. Blank NYC Overalls in Cybergoth

5. Frye Campus Saddle Bag

6. DV by Dolce Vita “Zippy” Sandals

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We Love Wedges!

When it comes to heels, wedges have always been a walkable, super-versatile favorite of ours. There are so many wedge types out there to fall in love with, from sky high for nights out to moderate and comfy for work.

Below is a sampling of a few of our current favorites in stylish wedge boots & shoes!

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1. Frye “Regina” Wedge

2. VOLATILE “Arlington”

3. Franco Sarto “Octagon”

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors “Aileen”

5. ASH “Blade”

6. Lucky Brand “Yoanna”

7. Pikolinos “Amsterdam”

8. Dirty Laundry “Valerie”

9. Steven “Base”

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Frye Fall Favorites

One of our most popular boot brands also happens to be the oldest shoe company still operating in the United States. With such a long heritage of making high-quality boots that last, it’s no wonder Frye continues to be at the top of our must-have list season after season!

With fall in full swing and winter well on its chilly way for most of the country, we’ve understandably got boots on the brain! But Frye is so much more than just timeless boots. They also craft some amazing handbags, wallets, messenger bags and even bracelets with the same artisanal attention to detail as their iconic boots.

Below are some of our top picks for fall:

Frye Boots, Bags & Jewelry for Fall 2014 available on Zappos.com

1. Frye “Campus” Wrap Cuff

2. Frye “Tyler” Lace Up Men’s

3. Frye “Anna” Shortie

4. Frye “Cameron” Magazine Crossbody

5. Frye “Campus” Crossbody Bag

6. Frye “Veronica” Back Zip Knee-High Boots

7. Frye Wrap Cuff

8. Frye “Logan” Flap Brief Case

9. Frye “Chambers” High Men’s

 

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Menswear Monday: Business Casual, Updated.

Guys, you may think that mundane Mondays are “business as usual”, but we’d like to invite you to shake up your work week with business casual clothing and shoes that are anything but boring and stuffy! 

For work settings that are more on the laidback side, or if your office partakes in “Casual Fridays”, you can’t go wrong with a great-fitting button-up shirt in either a neutral solid or a subtle print. Pair your button-ups with everyday trousers in a more relaxed fabric like twill or cotton.

Remember: the key to avoiding a sloppy business-casual look is to pay attention to fit. Make sure your shirt shoulder seam sits cleanly right at the shoulders and your pant hem isn’t pooling at the bottom. And yes, it IS worth it to get your workwear basics altered by a tailor if it means the difference between looking casual yet professional and just plain unprofessional.

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1. DKNY Jeans Roll Tab Slub Shirt

2. 7 Diamonds Velvet Morning Shirt

3. Howe Any Fun Woven Shirt

4. Dockers Men's Alpha Khaki Pant

5. Tommy Bahama Denim Authentic Montana Pant

6. Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino

7. Frye Jim Wedge Wingtip Shoes

8. Kenneth Cole Reaction Flat Top Loafers

9. Steve Madden Gameon Boat Shoes

 

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Frye Ankle Boots + Dresses = The Ultimate Spring Match!

Our love affair with the Frye ankle boots-and-dresses combo is one that is destined to last for the long haul. It’s no secret that Frye booties and ankle boots have always been one of the most versatile and easy-to-wear shoes in any woman’s style repertoire, but when paired with our favorite spring dresses, well, the Frye ankle boot reaches a level of style that can only be categorized as iconic. It’s like those two were just destined for each other! Aww…true love!

Whether you’re rockin’ a pair of Frye Veronica Strappy ankle boots to the farmer's market, or the western-inspired Frye Reina Bootie on a brunch date with your favorite ladies, this spring is the perfect opportunity to really refine the classic pairing of Frye ankle boots and dresses.

Below, we’ve taken three Frye ankle booties and our favorite dress styles to wear with them. It doesn’t get much easier—slip into your pretty spring frock, slip into your trusty Frye boots, and voila! Effortless warm-weather style at its finest.

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Shirt Dresses:

1. Three Dots Night Iris Dress

2. Jack by BB Dakota Tajan Plaid Dress

3. EQUIPMENT Michaela Floral Print Dress


 

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Bohemian-Inspired Dresses:

1. Free People Lucky Loosey

2. Lucy Love Hollie Dress

3. Free People Bridgette Mini Dress


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A-line Dresses:

1. Maison Scotch Cute Dress

2. Brigitte Bailey Adira Dress

3. Tart Kora Dress

 

 

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"Gimme, Gimme!" Holiday Wish List

We all have one. You know, that secret list you would give the real Santa if you could. It is the list that is not at all made up of the practical things you asked for, or peace on earth or good will towards men.

I mean the wish list with the REALLY cool stuff on it that makes your heart skip a beat. Those things that you love just because they are beautiful and the mere thought of rocking them makes you feel that much more marvelous. 

Fabulous extended-calf Frye Jane boots to pair with a great Nic +Zoe cardigan? Yes, please! Natori pajamas in a luxurious, soft and silky fabric for a night in with a good glass of wine and a great book? Check! A cozy, fabulous, and soft Pendleton wool dress to pair with a fabulous Coach bag? Oh, Santa! Cat-eye Maui Jim glasses for looking Hollywood fabulous while rocking a Michael Kors lambskin moto jacket? Be still my heart! Close out the wish list with a luxurious and cozy Michael Kors faux fur vest paired with a BB Dakota sequined skirt and you are ready to show the world a little bit of your inner diva.

I hope Santa, Krampus and all the Magi bring you everything you want this holiday season, beyond peace on earth and good will towards men. I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming New Year!

Franki's Holiday Wish List from the Zappos Plus Size Shop & more!

 

1. Columbia Plus Size Mighty Lite™ III Jacket

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Plus Size Fur Toggle Vest

3. Michael Kors Plus Size Zip Pocket Leather Jacket

4. BB Dakota Plus Size Savita Sequined Skirt

5. NIC+ZOE Plus Size Cozy Cardigan

6. Natori Plus Size Zen Floral PJ Set

7. Pendleton Plus Size Merino Wool Dress

8. Frye Extended-Calf Jane Boots

9. Maui Jim Pikake Women’s Sunglasses

10. COACH Smooth Leather Crosby Carryall

Rocking some amazing looks you’ve seen here on the blog? Tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #WellRoundedWednesday- we would LOVE to see your style!

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