Upper: Dark Brown Horween Chromexcel with glove leather liner
Outsole: Oiled leather "flex" sole
Last: Classic American "Barrie" Last
This style is a great split of dress and casual, and its rugged Chromexcel upper is especially handsome. Wear them with a navy suit, raw jeans, seersucker pants, grey flannel trousers, or plenty of other pieces. Just as comfortable with socks as without, these shoes are guaranteed to get heavy rotation in your wardrobe.
The "flex-welt" leather sole is bathed in oil to make it exceptionally supple, yet just as durable as any other solid leather sole. Forget a break-in period -- these are as comfy as your favorite sneakers from the moment you first put them on.
The "Barrie" last runs approximately one-half size big. Order one-half size smaller than your typical dress shoe size (e.g. order a 9.5D if you typically wear a 10D).
Chromexcel is produced by Horween Leather in Chicago, a family-run tannery that dates back to 1905. It is produced using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then it is genuine hot stuffed with a blend of natural oils and greases. The resulting "pull-up" leather yields a rich, deep finish with very subtle shade variations. It breaks in easily, shines up brilliantly, and lasts and incredibly long time. Chromexcel develops more character as it ages, month after month, year after year.
Our apologies, we cannot ship Alden shoes to addresses outside of the United States and Canada.
Alden shoes are Goodyear welted and handmade by union craftsmen. As such, they can be easily resoled and recrafted by the factory. When you've worn out the sole (which will take a LONG time), you can return them back to Alden for resoling and complete refurbishing of the upper. The cost is approximately $125. With this excellent program, you can easily get many years of regular wear out of Alden's quality shoes. Which is important, as you are sure to grow very attached to them.
The Alden Shoe Company was founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Massachusetts, and it remains in that same town to this very day. Since its inception, the Alden Shoe Company has designed and manufactured classic gentlemen's footwear that represents America's tradition of old-school, custom shoemaking at its finest. They have the well-earned reputation of being the best shoe manufacturer in the United States, and one of the top shoemakers in the world.
Given a modern world that too often prizes the promotion rather than the product, you might well imagine these old-fashioned talents for craft and honest value to be irretrievably lost. Alden's footwear stands as clear, adamant proof to the contrary. Each of their classically designed shoes are handworked from the finest leathers, represent a century-old tradition of craftsmanship, and reflect in a quiet, sure way the solid values and timeless style of the man who wears them. Epaulet is honored to be one of their official dealers.