Meet David Young

David Young was on the road visiting retailers between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo when I caught up with him to ask a few questions about the shoe business and his role as a salesperson for Frye Men’s shoes and accessories. A native to Northern California, David now resides with his family in San Diego County. He is regularly on the road visiting his clients up and down the Golden Coast.

How long have you been in the shoe business?
I started in this industry 38 years ago.

And, where did you get your start?
Selling shoes at Macy’s department store!

Tell us about the Frye Brand.
I have represented multiple shoe lines in women’s footwear for quite a while. More recently, I’ve been representing Frye men’s shoes and accessories. The Frye Company is one of the oldest US manufacturers of boots and shoes. They opened their doors in 1863 and last year celebrated their 150th anniversary. In that time, they pioneered new materials, patterns, and even invented new machinery for making their shoes. Their style and craftsmanship have come to represent classic American style. Their mission has always been the same, “to make the best-looking, hardest-working, longest-lasting shoes and leather goods.”

What do you love about your job?
It’s great to interact with the customer and build great working relationships. As I get to know each buyer, their store, and their customer base, I can help them assort product offerings tailored to each client. Strong client relationships and customer satisfaction are what drive me.

How long have you been coming to TRU Show?
I’ve been going to TRU Show for 6 years. It’s a great, comfortable place to meet with clients. They can get away from their stores and really spend time looking at product and making decisions. TRU Show is also a great place to meet new customers that come to the show.

Bare Your Soul

What is your most treasured possession?

My family (David is married with two boys.)

What inspires you?

Hard Work, Getting the job done!

What historical figure do you admire?

Jackie Robinson (David is a baseball fanatic.  His favorite team…the San Francisco Giants)

What is your favorite time of day?


What is your least favorite word?


What do you like to do on your day off?

Rest and relaxation with the family

What is your favorite city to travel to?

San Francisco

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Damon Wayans

What was your first job?

Flipping burgers at McDonald’s

What was the worst job you ever had?

I was a forklift driver.

If you had a super power, what would it be?

I’d want to be able to heal the sick.

What are you wearing on your feet?

Frye’s Phillip Harness Boots


Come meet David and see the FRYE brand at our next TRU Show event