While we will never get over scoring a major deal on celeb-favorite Frye boots or finding them at Costco a couple times a year, we’ve been wondering: “Are Frye boot lookalikes a thing?” And indeed, they are. Forking out $200+ for a pair of these luxurious boots, while worth the investment, hurts a lot. And if we can get the same exact looks for anywhere from $30-$100ish, we’re so down.
The Frye-boot hype is real, but you can definitely get the look for way less. And many of your favorite brands have dupes that look like the real deal. From Sam Edelman and Oprah-loved Vionic to yes, even Dr. Scholl’s, there are a ton of alternative boots…that were made for walking!
Ahead, check out the best Frye boot alternatives —some that cost less than half the price. And now that chilly weather is here, it’s time to stock up so you’re set for the cold-weather season.
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Even ankle booties can cause your feet discomfort after all-day wear, but if you’re wearing Vionic—an Oprah fave—that’ll be a problem of the past. If you’re a fan of Frye’s iconic distressed leather but not the price tag, these lookalikes are just what you’ve been looking for. The Cecily Ankle Boot also has a lot more to brag about too: The leather style is waterproof (yes, really!) and boasts three-zone comfort and next-level arch support. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these shoes.
Dolce Vita’s one of the best affordable boot brands that’s always on top of trends. Because, who wants to spend hundreds on a style that’ll be out tomorrow? This style is a solid alternative to Frye’s Carson Piping bootie. You can shop this brand at DSW and Nordstrom Rack.
Sam Edelman is one of our favorites because they make pairs of boots that meet in the middle of our budget. Yes, they still can average around $150, but you get what you pay for! And if they’re going to last, we’re here for this little splurge. While Edelman certainly keeps up with styles-of-the-moment, you can also shop plenty of classic pairs of footwear.
These comfort-shoes-in-disguise are a must for all-day comfort. They come in a mix of neutral and fun patterns like cheetah—no one will ever know that they’re Dr. Scholl’s.
Universal Thread at Target
The only thing that could one-up Amazon, would be Target’s in-house fashion brands. In particular, Universal Thread boasts runway-to-everyday styles that run around $40 (or in this case, $20 on sale!).
If you thought Chinese Laundry was just for teens, think again. The CL by Chinese Laundry line offers elevated styles that look inexpensive, but aren’t.
Boots can be a pain, but they don’t need to be. These wide-calf versions from Journee also are lined with fur as an added cozy bonus.
Before you go, check out these Birkenstock lookalikes to shop this summer.