One of the many pleasures of visiting the Alden shoe factory is the opportunity to see shoes you don’t normally see. We visited last March and got a look at the archives and some very interesting shoes. Sadly many are no longer produced but fortunately the Atom wingtip blucher or “Shortwing” in the parlance of our times is.
Original Atom Wingtip Blucher
The Atom was originally part of the Foot Balance System made on the Truflare last. Our Atom is tweaked a bit here and there. We went with a more conventional five-eyelet blucher on the Tremont last and used the new “burnished” tan calfskin for the uppers, a deeper, richer color than the old tan.
We detailed these shoes with versatility in mind; they can be worn equally well casually or for business. The soles are single leather bone bottoms with mid tan edges they’re light and flexible. The Tremont last fits similar to the Barrie but has a round higher toe box with a slight chiseled drop that adds a bit of formality that the Barrie lacks. All and all we think this is one of our most versatile Alden make-ups.