under $200 in some size/color combos). It's essentially a reboot (ouch! sorry, couldn't resist that dreadful pun) of the stunning Paige Tall, but made significantly slimmer.
Yes, I know, it's confusing. There's already an array of "Melissas," so why couldn't they just call this the "Paige Slim" or something like that?
What matters, though, is that these are the closest things to bona fide skinny calf Frye boots I've tried so far in a knee-high style. (June 2014 update: The Frye Chelsea Riding has a different look and color options but is even slimmer, in case you want to check that one out.)
Note: If you go for these, I highly recommend at least two layers of weatherproofing spray (let it dry fully before reapplying) before the first outing, though it may darken the leather just a tad. That approach worked miracles for my taller Taylors, which look new despite being worn into the ground, and I'm still kicking myself for not using it on my shorter ones :(
If you've got a firsthand Frye with narrow shaft recommendation, please do share in the comments. As I said, this isn't an easy find.
Rating for the Melissa Tall Riding:
Value: ****/5 (show these some TLC & they'll last a loooong time)
Calf slimness: ***/5
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