At 130 years old, Alden might just be America’s coolest centenarian. As they cross into their 13th decade this year, Alden’s shoes has never been more in demand, with the reported wait list for a pair of custom shoes from their Middleborough, Massachusetts’ factory stretching back well over a year.
Alden was a marque name of the early aughts heritage revival, and even as the spotlight on Americana has begun to fade once again, Alden’s renaissance is as strong as ever. While the shoemaker continues to crank out a wide assortment of stock designs for their diehard customers, it’s the considerable crop of “special makeups” that Alden has produced in partnership with stores across the world that present some of the venerable shoemakers most interesting creations.
Trunk Clothiers Officer Chukka – A beefed up desert boot that would make General MacArthur proud.
J. Crew “Milkshake” Suede Plain Toe Boot – The other kind of “desert boot” built on an ultra-lightweight wedge sole.
Unionmade Sutter Tassel Loafer – Blue suede shoes, minus the Elvis, plus a mocc-toed and tasseled silhouette.
Bureau Belfast Color 8 Cordovan Plain Toe Blucher – The investment dress shoe, because nothing ages quite like color 8 cordovan. You’ll be passing these on to your grandson.
Frans Boone Grain Dover Oxford – With a water resistant grain leather upper and a waterlock sole, these grainy lace-ups are a true rainy day special.
Winn Perry Red Brick Buck – The no-nonsense dirty buck done right for this summer.
Context Roy Boot – A sleeker take on the iconic Indy boot, cut in a casual snuff suede.
Leffot Spectator – Because really, who else is doing a modern spectator shoe these days?