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James Weathered Wingtip from Frye | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Manolo the Columnist: James Wingtip from Frye

Manolo says, here is the Manolo’s latest column for the Express of the Washington Post.

Dear Manolo,

My husband is the owner of a very large (well, 13) pair of feets. I want him to buy one of those new pairs of casual, weathered wingtips, but am having a hard time finding them in his hugenormous size. He also keeps telling me they are dorky, so I would like to convince him that he won’t look like a tool when he wears them. Help!


Manolo says, to the Manolo, who believes that one should take great care of the shoes, with the frequent polishing and the regular treeing, and who finds pleasure in the process of restoring the elderly shoe to the state of newness, the rise to fashionability of the pre-weathered shoes for the men is puzzling.

The Manolo wonders, like the husband of the Niffy, why would one wish to look like the hobo when one is not the hobo? Or, more accurately, why would one wish to look like the dorky tool, when one is suavely untoolish?

But, like the weather, the fashion is unpredictable. One minute you are pushing the sleeves of your pastel Miami Vice jacket up the forearms, and the next it is hailing. And, just as one cannot change the weather, one cannot change the currents of fashion. One can only complain about the conditions and dress appropriately.

Here is the James Wingtip from Frye in the distressed brown. It is of decent quality and reasonable price, and available in the ginormous size 13.
James Distressed Wingtip from Frye

7 Responses to “Manolo the Columnist: James Wingtip from Frye”

  1. Anonymous March 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    berenshoes.com has many hard-to-find sizes, and beautiful well-made shoes.

  2. Andyshoes March 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    I agree with Manolo – why look like a hobo if you’re not a hobo?

    Fashion is a strange thing. To me, those shoes look as if someone took the lazy route and only polished the heels and toes.

  3. cfoster March 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    A number of Frye’s lines seem to represent a nod to the ‘crusty’ fashion sensibilities of the urban street punk set.

  4. Cris March 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Possessing the size 13 wide(Missouri class) myself, I’ve always found something rounded in the toe (less pointy) gives the impression (to me, at least) of a somewhat smaller, friendlier foot.

  5. T March 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Dear Monolo,

    Since you are the shoe expert, I was wondering if you may be able to help me with a problem. I have been searching for some specific shoes for my husband for our anniversary. They are his all-time favorite pair and his have worn. I know they are not high fashion, but I can’t control what he wears. I’m looking for Reebok Classic RB 405 KTS 4-120389, UPC 884313236086 , in a size US 11.

    Any ideas on how to find them???

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thank you,


  6. Dani March 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    “..just as one cannot change the weather, one cannot change the currents of fashion. One can only complain about the conditions and dress appropriately.”

    Pictures of pretty shoes are only one of the reasons I read this blog every day. Thank you for yet another humorous little pearl of wisdom, dearest Manolo.

    • Nora Charles March 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm #