Category Archives: Original

Alden Shoes: Some New Arrivals

Alden Shoes at TheShoeMart

Alden Shoes

In 1884 in Middleborough, Massachusetts,  Charles H. Alden began the only original New England shoe company that is still in production today. In a world where many shoe manufacturers outsource production to keep up with the U.S. demand for mass-market footwear at a low cost, the Alden Shoe Company does things differently.  By focusing on high quality dress shoes crafted in Massachusetts with genuine Goodyear-welted construction that can last a lifetime, Alden Shoe has carved it’s own niche into the shoe market. Here at TheShoeMart, we have been selling Alden shoes for over 40 years.  We value our close relationship with Alden, and think that they offer the finest made shoes in the world.

Alden shoes and boots have a special place in our hearts here at TheShoeMart.  We know how much the details matter, so we’d like to share some details about some of our latest Alden Bootmaker Editions.

Alden Shell Cordovan PCT : D5812

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This Perforated Cap Toe boot comes on the Alden Grant Last, which is slimmer than the Barrie Last and a bit more flexible formality-wise.  Boots on the Grant Last will run True To Size, so order your usual dress boot size (not your Barrie or Trubalance size).  With 9 matched agatine eyelets and a 270 Degree Welt, the D5812 offers a sleek but substantial silhouette. Available in Color 8 (D5812) or Black Shell Cordovan (D5813), both with double Leather outsoles.

Alden Calfskin Indy Boot on Plaza: 45212

 

Our BootMaker Edition remake of the Alden Indy Boot on the Alden Plaza Last is also a sleeker boot.  The clean lines of the moc toe stitching, 270 degree Goodyear Welt and 9 matched agatine eyelets add elegance to a long-time favorite. Available in Brown Smooth Calfskin.

Alden 6 Eyelet Indy Oxford: 40023

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Speaking of twists on a classic, here’s our latest Indy Oxford.  We tried a version of this Alden shoe in the past with 4 eyelets, but we found that most people needed a little more security–so we added some.  On the famous Alden TruBalance last with a double leather sole, this Indy shoe is available in Horween Brown Chromexcel leather (40023).

 

You can find all of our Alden shoes, including our Bootmaker Editions, either at TheShoeMart.com or  at our brick and mortar store in Norwalk, CT:

TheShoeMart
3 Berkeley St.
Norwalk, CT 06850
203.853.6543
Monday through Saturday 9:30-6:00 pm EST.

If you have any questions regarding Alden shoes, feel free to call or write us.  Our Customer Service team is always happy to help and can be reached by phone (800.850.7463) or by email (Shoemart@theshoemart.com) Monday through Saturday 9:30-6:00 pm EST.

 

Dr Martens Originals

Dr Martens have long been associated with punk subculture across the globe.

It all began in 1901 when the Griggs family of Northampton, England  began making boots.  The Griggs family was a a free-thinking clan of rebels that paired up with German Dr Maertens and Dr Funck in 1960 to combine a revolutionary air-cushioned sole with the Griggs family’s history of boot-making.

On April 1st, 1960 the first pair of Dr. Martens rolled off the production line.  They were first marketed as reliable footwear for the working man, but quickly moved through youth subculture, from the British skinhead, to the flower child, to the punk, two tone, goth, grunge, industrial, emo, and back again.

The best part of this is that although Doc Martens have remained a classic silhouette throughout the years, their colorways, patterns, and fashion pairings have inspired a sense of expression among each generation, and each individual. Unlike other classic boots, there is no wrong way to wear Docs. Whether they are worn with a suit or dress or cargo shorts or jeans or a mini skirt, Dr Martens express an individual’s own originality.

 

So we’re posting this blog as a tribute to the Original DM Boot–and to you, an Original.