Founded in 1884 by Charles Alden, the Alden Shoe Company is now the only original New England shoe and boot-maker remaining of the hundreds who began so long ago. Still a family owned business, still carrying forward a tradition of quality genuine-welted shoemaking that is exceptional in every way.
Here are just some of the great features Alden utilizes in the construction of their footwear :
- Shell Cordovan and Chromexcel from the Horween tannery in Illinois
- English calf suede with a durable weatherproof treatment
- Regina and Alpine calf which are pebble grain textured leathers that age beautifully
- Reverse chamois suede that ages with highlights similar to the way raw denim breaks in
- Oil treated leather soles that resist water and are long lasting
- Natural “Plantation” crepe rubber for supportive cushioning
- Combat or Commando lug sole that is a hybrid of leather with an outer protective rubber bottom
Regarding Genuine Welt Construction
For flexible comfort one prefers a supple leather upper, but for durability in holding a stitched-on sole the desired characteristics are strength and firmness; repeated stitching of soles directly to the softer upper leather of a shoe would soon render the leather both unstitchable and unrepairable. When a strip of firm leather (the welting) was stitched to the flexible upper leather, and then the sole was stitched to this welting, a superior combination of materials was created. Quite simply, welt construction provided a stronger, renewable attach point for soles.