Going Commando – The History of Alden’s Commando Sole

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  1. How can I the commando sole installed on my boots?

  2. Mike says:

    I sent you an E-mail. Best of luck! 🙂

  3. Sean says:

    I have brand new Alden Indy 403 boots and I would also like to know where I can get commando soles installed on them. Hope to hear from you. Thanks

    • Mike says:

      Hey Sean,

      Unfortunately, Alden will only resole a shoe at this point with the same sole that it came with. However, many good cobblers could put a similar sole onto them for you.


  4. ron says:

    Is the result the same as a double-sole in terms of thickness? Do you know the thickness of the heel and sole in inches?

    • Mike says:

      Hey Ron,

      Those are both very good questions. The Commando Sole and the Double Leather Sole seem to me to be about the same thickness.

      The measurements are as follows:

      Commando at Heel: 31mm
      Commando at Side: 10mm

      Double Leather at Heel: 26mm
      Double Leather at Side: 10mm

      Hope that this helps!


  5. robert says:

    Where in Southern Calif. can I get a commando sole put on my cordovan Alden wingtips? Or will I need to send them to an experienced Alden store like the one in SF?

  6. Barry Kearney-Luc says:


    do you or Alden recommend/approve of a rubber sole being put on over an original leather sole. I read somewhere that a manufacturer advised buyers not to do so due to the negative impact on the static on the shoe

    with best regards


    PS do you post to Europe

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