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Frye Boot Lookalikes That Cost Half the Price

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.

Cecily Ankle Boot $159.95

Dolce Vita

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Dolce Vita SAMY BOOTIE $64.98

Sam Edelman

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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.

Sam Edelman Hilary Bootie $149.95

Dr. Scholl’s

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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.

Dr. Scholl's Women's Teammate Ankle Boot $37.61+ on

Universal Thread at Target

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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!).

Chinese Laundry

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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.

CL By Laundry Cherish Boots $69.99


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If comfy if the name of the game, you can’t go wrong with LifeStride. These riding boots offer a similar look as the beloved Frye Melissa boots. Best of all, you can get them at Kohl’s.

Life Stride Women's Xtrovert-wc Knee High Boot $28.88+ on

Vince Camuto

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If you’re a fan of Frye’s combat boots, slip on these Vince Camuto lace-up boots. They’ll save you about $200.


Journee Collection

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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.

Journee Collection Walla Boot - Wide Calf $39.99

Before you go, check out these Birkenstock lookalikes to shop this summer.

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