Alden Color #8 Indy
The Indy Boot is absolutely one of Alden’s classic models. When you think of the Indy Boot, there are typically a few key elements that come to mind that make it a true Indy Boot. The two most basic elements are the pattern, the U-Tip Boot, and the Last, the Trubalance Last. However, beyond that, the classic 403 and 405’s both also feature a Storm Welt and Alden’s Neocork Sole with a Thomas Heel. Over the years, when vendors have made a Shell Cordovan variant of the Indy Boot, they have forgone the second set of details favoring Alden’s Pre-stiched Reverse Welt and one of Alden’s more “dressy” outsole variants, whether it was the Double Leather, Double Waterlock, Commando, or other Outsole variant. I candidly did not give this a ton of thought until I recently saw Alden Madison’s run of the Color #8 Indy Boot with the Neocork Sole, I knew that would be a great boot and the rest is history.
I admittedly do not have a ton of Indy Boots on the Neocork Outsole, even getting LeatherSoul’s twist on the 403, which has a Commando Sole instead of Neocork, but the pairs of Indys that I have on the Neocork definitely have caused me to appreciate the magnificence that it is. The Neocork Sole provides an unthinkable blend of performance (it seems to last forever) with comfort (it feels like walking on air). In the end, those are the two most desirable traits out of a shoe sole and it seems to always be a balance between the two, but the Neocork somehow manages to pull off these two contradictory expectations.
The traditional Indy Boot’s Neocork sole is usually matched with Alden’s Foot Balance Thomas Heel. The Thomas Heel is a unique looking heel having a curved front edge, vice a straight leading edge, often paralleled to a ‘S’ curve. This curved leading edge provides additional support to the inside of the boot, providing extra support to the wearer’s arch.
Between the orthopedically friendly Trubalance Last, the Neocork Outsole, and the Thomas Heel, these Alden Boots provide an unparalleled level of comfort that led to their high success, popularity, and from the stories that I have read – where why Indy himself insisted on wearing them.
Beyond the outsole, heel, and last, these are your traditional Alden Shell Cordovan Indy Boots. They of course feature Horween’s truly iconic shade of Shell Cordovan: Color #8. Color #8 is a rich brown-ish burgundy color, that has become synonymous with the word Cordovan. The front iconic Indy Stitching on these are done with Alden’s detail oriented hand-stitching providing a custom feeling to the boots. The Neocork outsole has an antique edge and the sole is attached to the upper with an Antique Storm welt.
Overall, these are truly beautiful boots, made out of the finest leather in the world and really reaches deep into their Indy Boot roots to provide an unexpected and unparalleled truly Indy experience.