At 130 years old, Alden might just be Americaâ€™s coolest centenarian. As they cross into their 13th decade this year, Aldenâ€™s shoes has never been more in demand, with the reported wait list for a pair of custom shoes from their Middleborough, Massachusettsâ€™ 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, Aldenâ€™s renaissance is as strong as ever. While the shoemaker continues to crank out a wide assortment of stock designs for their diehard customers, itâ€™s the considerable crop of â€œspecial makeupsâ€ 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 â€œMilkshakeâ€ Suede Plain Toe Boot – The other kind of â€œdesert bootâ€ 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. Youâ€™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?