Alden is a family owned company with a history that now
generations of shoe makers. A long time ago the Alden Shoe Company decided
that it is important to create handsome shoes of great comfort and quality.
Since 1884, the company has designed and manufactured classic footwear that
represents America's tradition of old-school, custom shoemaking at its
Still, given a modern world that too often prizes the promotion
than the product, one might well imagine these old-fashioned talents for
craft and honest value to be irretrievably lost. Alden's footwear stands
as clear, adamant proof to the contrary.
In these pages, we proudly offer our Alden New England
collection of original
designs: trim, well-balanced oxfords, sturdy brogues, and slip-ons of proportions
and elegance. Each handworked from the finest leathers, representing a
century-old tradition of craftsmanship, and reflecting in a quiet sure manner
the solid values of the person who wears them.
The Alden Shoe
Every Alden New England shoe has a full leather lining chosen
from our special stock of supple glove linings and smooth, glazed kip
Genuine Goodyear welt construction. Top quality leather welting is securely
stitched through the upper to the insole rib. On models requiring the clean
appearance of a close heel trim the welt runs from the heel forward. For
other styles, such as brogues, where the solid look of an extended heel trim
is appropriate, the welt is stitched all around the shoe.
Every Alden New England shoe carries a tempered steel shank, precisely
contoured and triple ribbed for extra strength. Truly the backbone of a
fine welt shoe, the shank provides the proper support and shape so necessary
when your day involves much walking and time on your feet.
Long wearing rubber dovetail heels with leather inserts. Solid brass
slugging gives secure attachment yet allows for easy rebuilding.
Classic patterns, crafted with extraordinary attention to
detail. Made on our exclusive lasts, designed for comfort and refined
Upper leather selected from the top grades of the finest tanneries in
the world. Rich, aniline calfskins, luxurious calf and kid suedes, and genuine
shell cordovans. Hand stained and polished to the classic patina that is
the hallmark of the custom bootmaker's art.
Heavy, natural leather insole of pure vegetable tannage. Unsurpassed
for breathable comfort and long wear, it assumes over time the contours of
your foot shape, giving a truly custom quality to the fit.
Beneath the insole is a layer of natural cork, providing additional resilience
Oak tanned leather bends are cut into outsoles at our factory for maximum
control of quality. Especially treated for durable wear, then patiently
with carnauba waxes to a fine luster.