Alden Color #2 Jumper Boots
Well holy cow!!! A Color #2 Shell Cordovan Jumper Boots! A statement that I never thought that I would ever make. Color #2 has only been seen once before, back in 2014 and was only offered on two models, a LWB for Alden of Carmel and an Unlined LHS for Tassels HK. When I got the call for these, I swore I misheard the order. But sure, enough, it isn’t too good to be true… and these jumpers do not disappoint!
Color #2 Shell Cordovan comes from the “Color #” family that includes the truly classic Color #8 Shell Cordovan, which with its rich burgundy color has become synonymous with Cordovan. Color #2, alike the always coveted Color #4 Shell Cordovan, is made by taking the dye of Color #8 but applying it in a reduced amount, specifically 1/4 of the concentration. This yields a lovely reddish color that yields a nice mix of the Color #8 pigment and the natural shell tan shade. It is a light red color with brown undertones to it and it makes some truly killer boots! For 2023, Alden has mixed it up and applied their special finishing to the uppers, creating a richer look to the color (as opposed to the 2014 Color #2’s which were unfinished).
These Color #2 Shell Cordovan Jumper Boots come from my friends at Ealdwine and the design does not disappoint! It is the classic Jumper Boot design, which is a Perforated Tip Cap Toe Boot made around Alden’s heavier lasts, in this case the Barrie Last. It features the fabulous red Color #2 Shell Cordovan paired with Alden’s truly special Antique Edge. The Boot features Alden’s Double Leather outsoles and a 360 degree welt that wraps around the outsole with a pre-stitched reverse welt. The shoes are adorned with Alden’s newer Antique Brass Hardware, creating a nice contrast and pairing with the Color #2 Shell. These boots came with Alden’s Brown Round laces, frankly a first that I have ever received and it is candidly a nice addition to these boots. The boots feature the “Indy stitch” along the side of the quarters, creating a simple but pleasing aesthetic to the side of these boots. Overall, the details of these boots are truly on point and yield a boot that sets the mark of what Alden can do with some Color #2 Shell Cordovan.
Photos of these boots can be seen below along with pictures compared to my other Color #2 Shell Cordovan offerings made around 2014!