Where to find your CHEAP Frye boots and how to soften and clean used leather.

Ok….did you miss yesterday’s post?

I shared my discounted, spotted Frye Boots and how they made me so very, very happy and laugh so hard.

Ok, they didn’t. This is my Twitter profile pic. (FOLLOW MY TWITTER. I’m Like a Twitter-ologist now!)

Before I tell you about the boots….I wanted to explain this Twitter profile pic. I HATE, I know that is an awful word…..I LOATHE pictures of myself.

But I was heading to the Southern Blogger’s Conference and felt like my profile pic needed to be updated so that when everyone would act shocked that I looked different from my younger, skinnier profile pic I could just act like they hadn’t looked at my new pic and then they would think they were crazy and hadn’t paid attention to my profile pic and think they were the ones confused and not think that my old pic was just taken down and that I was a liar and a fake.

It didn’t work. Everyone’s comment.� “You look so different than I imagined!”.� ~gulp~

“We thought you were SO tall in real life!” ~gulp~ (technically not my fault on that one) I’m 5′ so you know…….

Then the comment of…...”You looked so much skinnier and younger in your profile picture!!!!”.


Ok….no one said that. Wouldn’t that have been awful?


So, my daughter took fast pics of me before I left. I know I said I LOATHE pics of myself….well I LOATHE getting my pics taken. So this was a difficult photo shoot. For my daughter. Bless her heart. ; )


So, I just gave up and went with the laughing one for Twitter and tried to find the most normal one for profile pic.

And I’m trying to stop being a hater on myself. I also wanted to honor the good job that my daughter did with an unwilling subject. The end.

She did a good job, didn’t she? Love the one on the bottom left, don’t you?

Ok….I know you have skimmed over and are ready for the FRYE boots scoop.

I told you one way to clean them yesterday and this next part is super important. Because when I tell you how to get your deals this will be a valuable tool.

Know a simple and easy product that CLEANS and SOFTENS leather? When I bought my boots they were stiff. After I took them to the shoe shop, they were sort of stiff again and not the warm color I wanted.

My Rebecca-pedia mind started clicking and I remembered back to my professional league softball days and the softening of my newly purchased gloves.

Ok. I lied. I barely made the private school girls softball team and I mainly sat on the bench after they had to let me on……..BUT I did have to soften my glove.

What did I use?

TaDah! I wonder if Ask Anna Mosley will start asking my advice?� She is chop full of good tips!!!!!

What if she contacts me to be her assistant? I mean this is valuable info people. Don’t believe me?

Rub it on…… like all over……and just rub it in.� Don’t rinse it off. Rub it in and it rubs off. Clear as mud?

You will see dirt come off on your rag. Rub it in good……..Ahhhhhh……make sure to take a big blurry pic of it.

Isn’t that a great pic?

Freaking you out?

Ok…..but look at the difference side by side of one just quickly done and one not yet “shaving cream-i-fied”.

One on left was “cream-i-fied”. It was hard to get a good pic but the difference was huge! Took out what looked like old watermarks etc and gave the boots the softest feel.


Now…..I know you do not believe you can get discounted Frye Boots.

And when I show you how and where it will take a little bit of effort on your part. If you want to just be able to walk in a store and get them with no effort….go for it….but it won’t be at a discounted price.

Where did I get my boots?

I got them on Ebay. I know you look on Ebay and you see the high-priced Frye boots. You look on them and you don’t see your size. You look on and the prices turn you off, so you quit searching and give up.

But you have to be creative in your searches and I prove it below.


#1. Use the word “Vintage Frye” in your search. Spell it Vintage FRIE, and FRY….sometimes it is spelled incorrectly in the listing. That can be to your advantage as others looking for them may not see the ones spelled incorrectly.

#2. Take out the word Vintage and try another search. Sometimes sellers using the word Vintage are using that word to try to put more value on their product so it can be a good or bad thing. INSTEAD…search Frye boots and then to the left, customize your search to “pre-owned.”

#3. Look for Buy it Now ones first. Sometimes a normal person puts their old Frye boots on with a low buy it now price and you can grab them up right after they are listed.

#4. Look for newly listed check those first! They may have “buy it nows” etc.

#5. DON’T BID RIGHT AWAY….DUH! You will run up the bids. Just watch it. Patience my little Frye followers…… You know how to click “watch this listing” or it says something similar, right? Do that and only bid towards the end.

#6. Don’t just look under Frye! I found one pair of my Frye boots under “Riding boots”. Someone really used them for riding. It was actually the pair that are in this post. That is why they were so water stained up high I think. These babies were really used in riding. The pic was blurry and bad but in the description it said Frye. Not in the title.

#7. Don’t be afraid of wear! You can sanitize the inside and NOW you know how to clean the outside. The aged leather is what others will LOVE in YOUR Frye boots. I promise.

Ok…….you still don’t believe that you can get them for as low as I did…..do you?

PEOPLE! Have I not shown you that the deals are out there? Have you not searched under my blog posts on all of my Craigslist deals? For those of you that will be reading this after the auctions have ended. I can’t keep updating the auctions but read the comments to know that there were actually real deals like I described and use my tips to find yours!

Ok….I am going to list a few auctions on ebay for you right now that could bought cheaply and I am going to put the price above the link because i know the price will be going up after I hit publish. DON’T BID RIGHT AWAY!!!

I just did quick searches in tan Frye boots so there are so many more out there.

I WISH THESE WERE MY SIZE! Do you know how classy and Ralph Lauren’ish these would look with black leggings or denim? WANT!

Next contestant………I LOVE the campus style and JANE and Paige style. Just so you know.

US $10.00



Frye boots women size 9 1/2 B

US $19.99



Remember. Bad pics are to your advantage. These are great books and the pictures do NOT do them justice!

Item picture

Womens Frye Boots Size 7

Starting bid:

US $10.00

I have to stop although I had about twenty more I could have listed after a QUICK search!


Now it’s your turn!

You know how to clean them now.

You know how to find them now.

So, what are you waiting on?

I even sanitize them myself when I get them.

No fears!


Your USED Frye boots will have a look that all others will envy! It gives them a worn and quality look unlike new.


What do you think?

Can you use this info?

Will you try to find your Fryes?

Would you mind sharing this post if you appreciated the tips?

I want to hear from you!

Talk to me people!



PS. If you are new to my blog you may have missed my Craigslist series on tips to finding the good deals on Craigslist. You can click here to view that series!

You can also click “here” to view my Goodwill secrets and series. One of my most popular series yet!

Many of you follow me on Facebook and remember last year that I shared all of the fun deals I was finding around and during Black Friday. I did all of my shopping online and you all loved the deals. Stick with me on Facebook and I will share those deals again this year!

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17 thoughts on “Where to find your CHEAP Frye boots and how to soften and clean used leather.

  • October 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

    so glad I didn’t have to wait until “tomorrow”. I’m a new follower on FB (came on board from the big give away promotion:) and your post came back to back on the news feed. I’m the queen of craigslist and thrift stores, but Ebay scares me. I’ll have to give it a 2nd chance. Thanks for sharing.

  • October 18, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Haha, you’re awesome. I’ll have to tell my assistant to watch out, her job might be on the line! 🙂


  • October 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Love it! I look at Frye Boots on Ebay all the time! I will have to try the shave gel technique. So how do you sanitize them?

  • October 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Great post! Very informative, yes indeed, but also hilarious. I loved it. I will be trying the shaving cream on my boots for sure.

  • October 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Girl! Why didn’t you email me privately before you put all of this out there for all of your anxious followers to see? Now I’ll never get a pair of awesome boots like you 🙂 Great post!

  • October 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I just don’t understand wanting to wear someone else’s shoes, boots, or other footwear. How do you sanitize them? And, more importantly, how do you make them re-mold to your feet after they’ve already shaped themselves to someone else’s foot? Inquiring old ladies want to know…

    • October 26, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Dang Gay. Where have you been? I knew someone had to be thinking that and no one was saying it. Sanitizing. I use what I have that I feel like goes with fabric. Be it Lysol wipes, Clorox clean up or another sanitizer. If worn, I usually take out the sole (foot pad?) I cant think of word and replace with a Dr Scholl type. I also don’t buy heavily worn shoes or boots so they are usually “worn” into someone else’s foot shape. That would be uncomfortable. I appreciate you asking and know it isn’t for everyone. I am really picky and wouldn’t want grungy. Most of mine look like they could have been on the rack at TJ MAXX or elsewhere. They aren’t dirty. These boots were on the outside. Not the inside. Clear enough? Do I sound defensive? LOL! Thanks for asking and I hope this answers some of your questions! Love, Me

  • January 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Have you ever tried the shaving cream on suede?

    Love you personality by the way…it really shines through in your writing!

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:40 am

      I haven’t. Have you? Let me know! XOXO Rebecca

  • November 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    My hint: Find out what your size is in Men’s shoes and search for men’s Fryes. I just bought a pair of Men’s Campus boots for $25 on eBay! Similar boots in the womens dept were three times that much.

  • August 22, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for the great tips! I am searching for my very first pair of Frye boots on Ebay too! I love to watch the boots and you can get some awesome deals! The only problem is we don’t live near a nordstrom any more so I don’t know what size I am in these boots so I’m having everyone measure the bottom of the boot for me – it’s looking like a 9 (I wear an 8.5 or 39 usually) or even a 9.5 in some styles. Is this right? I’ve been reading that you should size down in Frye’s but I don’t think that is the case for me. I am agreeing with getting them pre-owned but not so worn that they can’t mold to my feet. Still looking!!

  • July 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    THANK YOU!! Thanks to this post, I found a 4-month old pair of short black Frye Harness boots (which I previoulsly could not find for under $200) for $52. They were worn maybe twice and I could barely tell. I essentially got a brand new pair of Frye boots for $52. The seller even had the box. I cannot say it enough–THANK YOU!!!

  • November 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    OMG! I followed your advise, sort of, I did get a dried out pair of dark brown Frye Campus boots from eBay shipped for $27. They have been very loved almost to death by the previous owner. I’m going to clean them all up and then have them resoled with lug soles and put in a sheepskin insole and use them as my winter boots. I think the leather is structurally in good shape, so I’m going to use my vintage Coach purse restoration skills to make these gorgeous again. Wish I could show you a before picture!! They are sad.

  • January 9, 2016 at 4:44 am

    I have a pair of new Frye boots that are so stiff I can barely walk in them. Everyone says I need to break them in but I feel like the Jolly Green Guant trying to walk gently in them, really bummed about it. They are two toned and I don’t want to mess them up, any hints on what I can use to soften up the super stiff leather without ruining them or causing them to be so soft they won’t stay up on my calves. They are a bit larger around the calf area so I won’t have the support of my leg to keep them in place. I used saddle soap, ball glove oil and then used some mink oil as well. Any suggestions would be welcome 🙂

  • February 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for this post. I bought a beautiful pair of vintage Frye-like boots at Goodwill for $6, and the leather was so dry that it was cracking where the shaft had obviously been stored, folding in on itself. I decided to give the shaving cream a try, lathering on a bunch and letting it sit for awhile, and the leather is SO much more supple and rich looking. The calves were a little too tight as well, and after the shaving cream treatment I was able to negotiate enough room to zip them all the way up so I could wear them to conform to my leg. I’m so happy. Thank you so much!

  • March 25, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I know this is an old post, I was trolling for pictures of frye boots to get ideas of outfits to wear with my new frye campus boots I got for $32 on a resale App Store! (PS I love your pics and think your outfit is spot on )Which is one tip I’d like to add, look for boots right before Spring/Summer, nobody else is and people wanting to get rid of them will give them up more easily and for a better price. Also, on eBay, email the seller to see if they would like to do a trade, I did an awesome trade (good for both parties) to get a bag I really wanted and they got a very sellable name brand bag, win win! I’d say include pictures in email of item you want to trade and include some info to let them know you are serious and trustworthy (I gave my real name and cell number). Some may say no but it’s worth asking.


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