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New Alden Bootmaker Editions

Alden Shoes

It’s a new year, and we’ve just received some new Alden shoes!

Our Alden Bootmaker editions are made by Alden at our request.  We specify the pattern, leather, sole, eyelet style, etc. and Alden creates a make-up style just for us.  See the latest below, you’re sure to find something you like! These unique styles also make fantastic gifts.

D5825CD5826C – 9 Eyelet Plain Toe Commando Sole Boot Shell Cordovan 

Alden D5825C

Alden D5826C


Plain Toe Boot
9 Matched Eyelets
Genuine Shell Cordovan Leather
Commando Sole
Barrie Last




4398 / 4399 – 6 Eyelet Medallion Cap Toe Shoe Shell Cordovan

Alden Color 8 Medallion Cap Toe Blucher

Alden Black Shell Medallion Cap Toe Blucher



Medallion Cap Toe Blucher
6 Blind Eyelets
Genuine Shell Cordovan (Color 8 or Black)
Leather Sole
Plaza Last




2077 / 2076 – Wing Tip Blucher Shell Cordovan

Alden Black Shell Wing Tip Blucher

Alden Color 8 Wing Tip Blucher


Wing Tip Blucher
5 Blind Eyelets
Genuine Shell Cordovan (Black or Color 8)
Leather Sole
Aberdeen Last





3938 / 3939 – 9 Eyelet Cap Toe Boot Shell Cordovan

Alden Color 8 Medallion Cap Toe Boot

Alden Black Shell Medallion Cap Toe Boot


Medallion Cap Toe Boot
9 Matched Eyelets
Genuine Shell Cordovan Leather (Color 8 or Black)
Leather Sole
Plaza Last





60340F – Inverted Seam Toe Tassel Loafer 

Alden Inverted Seam Toe Tassel Loafer

Alden Inverted Seam Toe Tassel Loafer


Alden Tassel Loafer
Inverted Seam Toe
Calfskin Leather
Oak Leather Outsoles
Dovetailed heels
Aberdeen Last

We also released this model in Black Calfskin (6037F) a few months ago!

Alden Inverted Seam Toe Tassel Loafer


94771 – All Weather Walker Calfskin (New Color!)

Alden All Weather Walker Calfskin

Alden All Weather Walker Calfskin


Alden All Weather Walker
5 Blind Eyelets
Dark Tan Calfskin Leather
Plantation Crepe Outsoles
Leather Tip
Barrie Last




Be sure to check out all of our Alden Bootmaker Editions! You can also find stock model Alden shoes at TheShoeMart.com!

Alden Fan Feature: @Feylanks

 @feylanks Instagram Photo: Alden Black Shell Cordovan Indy Boot

Hey Alden Army!

Today’s fan feature of Alden shoes out in the wild comes from Instagram user @feylanks. This awesome shot was taken in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan’s East Village and features an Alden Indy boot in Black Shell Cordovan with a Commando Sole. You can see the image on Instagram here or you can scroll down to the embedded view at the bottom of the page. We love the lighting and the way it picks up on these boots!


Alden Men's Indy Boot Shell Cordovan   Alden Men's Indy Boot Shell Cordovan


Our current Black Shell Cordovan Alden Indy Boot is Style #40569C on the Alden TruBalance Last with Commando soles and heels. It has traditional Alden Indy boot stitching, including the moccasin toe detail. We think the genuine black shell cordovan leather on this make-up makes the classic, rugged Alden Indy work-boot silhouette look just a bit sleeker and adds versatility.  The Alden TruBalance Last is designed to be voluminous to accommodate most foot types and thick socks, so we normally recommend going True To Size.

Brown Chromexcel Plaza Last Indy Boot  Brown Chromexcel Plaza Last Indy Boot

If you prefer a different fit or silhouette, we also have a Brown Chromexcel Indy Boot crafted on the elegant Alden Plaza Last and various other Alden boots in black as well. 


@feylanks on Instagram

 @feylanks Instagram Photo: Alden Black Shell Cordovan Indy Boot

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A photo posted by @feylanks on

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


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


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:

3 Berkeley St.
Norwalk, CT 06850
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.


I Can See It In Your Eyes – Blucher vs. Bal

If you browse the men’s shoes on our site, you’ll see terms like “Blucher”, “Oxford”, “Derby”, and “Balmoral”.  What do these terms mean?


Alden Men's Plain Toe Blucher

  •  Referred to as a “Derby” in the UK
  •  Open lacing system, in which eyelets sit on flaps stitched directly to the outside of the shoe, unrestrained.
  • Seen as less formal than Balmorals. There is some debate as to whether or not Bluchers are appropriate with a suit, but many Americans will agree that a Blucher is formal enough for business attire


Alden Men's Cap Toe Bal Oxford Shell Cordovan

  • Referred to as an  “Oxford” in the UK
  • Closed Lacing system, Eyelet flaps are stitched over and across the vamp.
  • Because of its sleeker silhouette, Balmorals are seen as dressier shoes and are generally appropriate for various formal occasions.


Many retailers and even shoe manufacturers use the terms lightly or interchangeably.  It is not common to find a blucher shoe labeled “oxford” or to find more than one term in the shoe description.  This is why it is important to be able to distinguish between the two yourself.  It may be confusing at first, but after a while you’ll be able to spot the difference without thinking about it.

Here’s how to tell the difference: look for the attachment of the eyelet flaps. If they are anchored into the shoe with stitching, you’re looking at a Balmoral. If they are detached at the bottom or an upside-down V shape is formed at the bottom of the lacing system, you’ve got a pair of Bluchers on your hands.


Above is a close-up of the lacing on a Balmoral shoe. Note the distinct “V” shape of the lacing and how the lacing system is flush with the rest of the shoe upper.


Above is a close up of the lacing on a Blucher shoe.  Note that the flaps at the bottom of the lacing are detached from the shoe upper.

Shoe Craft: Alden Lasts

The Alden Shoe Company was established in 1884 by Charles H. Alden. A major fixture in the once-thriving New England shoe and bootmaker industry, Alden is the only shoe manufacturer from that region still making all of their footwear in the USA. While other shoe companies have turned towards low cost labor available overseas in order to meet trendy consumer demands, Alden has thrived because of their commitment to quality, craftsmanship and tradition.

Today Alden shoes are known throughout the world for their superior quality and fit. One of the biggest factors in determining how a shoe fits is the form on which the shoe is made known as the last. Alden has been making all of their shoes on the same lasts for decades, and with good reason. For one, a last provides consistent fitting properties. Though a variety of patterns and styles can be constructed on the same last, they will all fit the same because they are crafted using the same form. This means that once you know your size in an Alden last you can expect the same fit every time. This consistency ultimately benefits the consumer when considered in comparison with other companies whose manufacturing standards can fluctuate and change, resulting in shoes with an inconsistent fit.

Each last also provides its own distinctive silhouette. The different toe and heel expressions that result from the unique contours of the individual lasts create recognizable stylistic accents. For instance, the Aberdeen last has an elegant slightly tapered toe shape that lends itself to a wide variety of designs including Alden’s Cap Toe Dress Shoes as well as their Tassel Moccasins and Full Strap Slip-Ons. The Van last on the other hand, is used for just about all of Alden’s Slip-On Leisure Mocassins because it’s fitting properties allow for a high wall around the shoe which can accommodate a full foot as well as a high vamp which helps a Slip-On to fit snugly and securely. All of the other classic lasts used by Alden including the Tremont, Barrie, Hampton, Plaza, and Copley have singular fitting properties as well.

When purchasing Alden shoes, the last is an important consideration for determining your size. If you’ve worn Alden shoes before, you can be assured that you will be the same size in all shoes built on a particular last. If you are a new Alden customer, we would encourage you to contact us and we can assist you in finding the right fit.