Category: Thoughts and Blog

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Alden Black Shell Semi-Brogue Balmoral

I have always found myself attracted to the elegance and formality of the Semi-Brogue Balmoral pattern. The clean lines of a balmoral combined with a nice brogue pattern and the medallion cap toe has always...

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Alden Cigar Shortwing Blucher

Crockett and Jones makes an absolutely superb Shortwing Blucher called the Marlow for Ralph Lauren. I have now owned two pairs of the Marlow and despite it being an absolutely beautiful shoe, I could...

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Welcome to New York

I have now had the opportunity to travel to New York City a few times of the past 12 months and thought that a post on visiting the various Alden and higher end shoe...

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Alden Cigar Cap Toe Boot

After a several year wait, I have finally received my pair of Cigar Cap Toe Boots. These beautiful boots are amongst the family of Cap Toe Boots made by Alden of Washington D.C. Kathy...

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The Alden Welt Options

The welt is the strip of leather that runs along the edge of the outsole that is the attachment point between the outsole and the strip of canvas (gemming) that is cemented to the inside of...

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Shoe Tree’d

Today I wanted to write on shoe trees. I am talking about the wood inserts that are placed into shoes in between wearings, not a tree that shoes grow on. If you do nothing...

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The Citi Tanker

One of the Alden classic boots has become the “Tanker” Boot. The Tanker Boot refers specifically to a Norwegian Split Toe (NST) Boot made around the Barrie Last. Why it is called the Tanker...

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Extending the Life of a Leather Sole

Alden uses some of the finest leather soles available, the John Rendenbach Oak-Leather soles. J. Redndenbach has been making the same fine leather soles since 1871. Their soles are tanned in oak bark for 9...

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Caring for Your Shell Cordovan

My shoe care regiment is heavily based upon the well practiced “Mac Method“, however, it has some minor twists and additional specificity. I will sometimes refer to it as the “Mike Method”. Before I...