Alden Shoe Company

Monday, March 4th, 2013 // BY

A couple of weeks ago I made the pilgrimage to Alden.  Fortunately, my flights fell between the march of winter storms.  In many places in the world the shoe business, and the way shoes are made, has changed.  Leather (or synthetic material) is cut, sewn, lasted, bottomed, and the last is removed.  Very little has changed in Alden’s corner of Middleborough since 1884.  Alden makes Goodyear Welted Footwear, which is complicated, but worth it.

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A true Goodyear welt is superior because it allows a piece of footwear to be resoled many times.  This is largely because the shoe upper is attached to a welt (a thin strip of durable leather), which is attached to a midsole, which is then attached to an outsole.  This makes lots of sense, considering a well-made, well-maintained, leather upper will always outlive it’s outsole.

This isn’t the only thing that makes Alden special.  At their factory in Massachusetts things move at the “right” speed.  Shoes are lasted and left on the last for several days and everything is meticulously finished – from polishing backstays to clipping extra threads.  The process of making these shoes happens at a pace which allows for the manufacture of some of the finest quality production footwear in the world.

A special thank you to Mr. Tarlow and the team at Alden for taking our leather from flat on the table to world class.

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4 comments on “Alden Shoe Company

  1. sunil valla on said:

    Unbelievable pics!

  2. Dave on said:

    tWO GREAT COMPANIES! kEEP IT UP.

  3. Many thanks. Alden quality is exceptional, as is horween. I speak as a longtime wearer of Alden (horween) shell cordovan tassel and leisure handsewn mocs.

    Any chance we’ll see more Alden shoes featuring #4 or #6 shell cordovan?

  4. Carey Redd on said:

    I have been waiting for two years for an order outstanding for the LHS (11-1/2 B) in Whiskey cordovan. either Alden cannot get enough of this elusive and beautiful leather to make a special order, or there is more money to be made in “d” width shoes. I am vexed as to how I am going to get these shoes.

    FYI, I am enjoying my Quoddy camp moccasins in dark brown horween.

    You should make iPad cases and macbook air cases, too.

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