journal: Alden

Unlined suede for summer

Unlined snuff suede Aldens.
Unlined snuff suede Aldens.
Unlined snuff suede Aldens.
Unlined snuff suede Aldens.
Unlined snuff suede Aldens.

Unlined suede makes for the perfect summer shoe. It’s soft, flexible, and comfortable, which means it’s easy to wear without socks.

Alden is well known for its unlined suede shoes. We’re stocking their chukka boot and Dover in snuff suede. Made on oil-soaked flex soles, they are light and flexible, perfect for wherever you may choose to go this summer.

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Thank you Floyd

Floyd Gilmore

For sixty years Floyd Gilmore dedicated his life to the Alden Shoe Company. He is a legend in the industry, a consummate sales professional, a friend and mentor. I learned a great deal about Alden and the shoe industry spending time with Floyd. We worked on so many great Alden make-ups over the years it’s impossible to remember them all.

I’ll always be grateful for his patience, perspective and support he showed us over the years. To be a friend of Floyd is to be a part of his family, which is good enough for me. Because I can think of only one thing Floyd values more than Alden, and that’s his family.

Enjoy your retirement Floyd, you more than earned it. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and congratulate you on a helluva career. A record that will never be broken. You’ll always be Mr. Alden in our book.


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White bucks

Edward Green MTO
Alden Plain Toe
Edward Green MTO

Now that spring is settling in, we turn our thoughts to lighter shoes. One of our favorite looks is white nubuck. Before you have a heart attack, consider that not all bucks are created equal.

The classic white buck blucher or wingtip with red soles is timeless. But if you want to take it up a few notches, consider a custom pair of Edward Green derbys or monk straps in white nubuck.

White is a very crisp look that brightens any outfit. We know from experience that it garners many compliments. So we encourage you to wear your bucks and step out in style.


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Alden x Leffot LWB restock

Alden x Leffot Longwing
Alden x Leffot Longwing
Alden x Leffot Longwing

This pair of color 8 longwings is one of our favorite Alden x Leffot shoes. The color 8 shell cordovan longwing is the “classic” Alden shoe, a monolith of American style and versatility. Our updated version is only slightly changed from the original, but the change makes all the difference.

Made with an antiqued sole edge and per-stitched reverse welt, the shoe is lustrous and sophisticated. Built on the Barrie last with oil soaked double waterlock soles for a softer, more flexible fit, they are sure to improve with age.

Features: Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Double Waterlock Soles

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Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8

Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge
Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge
Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge
Alden x Leffot Longwing, Color 8, Antique Edge

This pair of color 8 longwings is one of our favorite Alden x Leffot shoes. The color 8 shell cordovan longwing is the “classic” Alden shoe, a monolith of American style and versatility. Our updated version is only slightly changed from the original, but the change makes all the difference.

Made with an antiqued sole edge and per-stitched reverse welt, the shoe is lustrous and sophisticated. Built on the Barrie last with oil soaked double waterlock soles for a softer, more flexible fit, they are sure to improve with age.

Features: Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Double Waterlock Soles

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Alden Dover, Brown Chromexcel

Alden Dover, brown CXL

The Alden Dover in brown chromexcel is an excellent choice for an easy dress shoe. Because they’re unlined, they are extremely cool and comfortable. These shoes feel like slippers from the moment you first slip them on. And unlike rubber sole shoes, the leather Flex soles give them the added versatility of being slightly dressier.

Features: Barrie Last, Brown Chromexcel, Flex Soles

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