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Upper: Cognac Alpine Grain with glove leather liner
Outsole: Commando sole
Last: Classic American "Barrie" Last
This style takes its name from the Mountainous Austrian province of Tyrol. Centered in the Alpine divide, this region is home to the highest peaks of the Alps. We can imagine this shoe making easy work of the craggy Tyrolean terrain, with its handsome combination of rugged commando sole, shiny brass eyelets and textured upper. The casual style can be dressed up if need be, but will always look striking when worn with denim or chinos. The rugged commando sole and resilient grained leather make this a superb foul weather shoe.
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).
ALPINE GRAIN CALF
Starting with a supple, first-quality calfskin, Alpine Grain is produced by stamping the leather with a detailed pebble grain pattern and tanning it to a smooth, tough finish. The end result is a fantastic midpoint of dressy and casual, and a skin that's both comfortable and long-wearing. Alpine Grain breaks in quickly. wears beautifully, and naturally resists water and dirt.
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 easily be 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.