The Frye Company may have been founded over a century ago, but their ruggedly cool boots -- including the popular Harness and Campus styles -- continue to be modern girl favorites today. Fryes are known for their excellent craftsmanship and high quality, so investing in a pair is well worth the price. But keeping those boots looking good for years takes time, patience and a bit of elbow grease -- cleaning and protecting them regularly is essential.
Clean and Mean
Clean your Frye boots by wiping them with a soft cotton cloth. Remove oil marks and stains by dabbing them with a cotton ball soaked in white vinegar, or by applying a paste of baking soda and water to the stain. Let the boots sit, and after a few minutes, wipe away the mixture and dry with a paper towel.
Weathering the Storms
To protect your boots from the elements, use weatherproof spray made especially for leather footwear. Work in a well-ventilated area and place boots on some old newspaper (to protect the ground). Hold the can about six inches away and spray until the leather is lightly damp. Protections products may darken the leather, so test them on an inconspicuous area first.
A Little Help from the Pros
If your boots are looking worse for wear, send them to the Frye Refurbishing Center for a professional touch-up. All Frye footwear comes with a two-year warranty, so if your boots are damaged during this time because of a manufacturing defect, repairs are free. When you're not wearing your boots, store them in a closet away from direct light, and fill them with acid-free paper to maintain their shape.
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Hallie Engel is a food and lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in several international publications. She served as a restaurant critic for "Time Out Abu Dhabi" and "Time Out Amsterdam" and has also written about food culture in the United Arab Emirates for "M Magazine." She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and film studies from University of Amsterdam.
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