The Brooklyn shop Epaulet recently took a trip up to Middleborough, Mass. to visit the factory of the venerable American shoemaker Alden to finalize the details on the shop’s new special edition Brixton boot. In addition to coming back with a great looking pair of boots, Epaulet owner Mike Kuhle and filmmaker Tom Eaton put together an interesting look at the Alden operation including the video below and a nice photo gallery. American boots and a factory tour? Sounds like a perfect Thursday to me.
More information about Epaulet’s new Brixton boot:
Beginning this very moment, we’ll release a steady stream of exclusive Alden styles. For our first edition, we’re thrilled to present the “Brixton” boot. Crafted in rich black calfskin, it’s that perfectly versatile dress boot that we’ve wanted for years. It has 9 round metal eyelets, intricate wingtip brogueing, and flat waxed laces. With its substantial last and traditionally rounded toe, these shoes are excellent as dress or casual pieces. The sturdy Double Leather sole is thick and substantial, and includes Alden’s signature steel shank and natural cork filling for comfort & stability.
Brixton is a district in South London that’s well known for its vibrant Afro-Caribbean community and multi-ethinc flavor. A center for Jamaican reggae and ska music, you could often find Brixton’s dancehalls packed with well dressed Mods and Rudeboys of all colors. Never ones to accept anything second rate, we think that these beautifully constructed wingtips would fit their mohair suits and sta-prest trousers to a tee.