Upper: Ebony Lady-Calfskin
Outsole: Commando Sole with Flat Welt
Last: Grant Last
The Blackjack is our minimal take on the classic Alden boot. It has a simple, understated plain toe design with no embellishments. The upper is a soft, tumbled "Lady Calf" in black. This gorgeous leather has a matte finish and a subtle grain. It breaks in immediately, is very low maintenance, and is resistant to stains. It sits on a rugged Commando sole and a matched dark black welt. Black metal eyelets run up the front, and there are no speed hooks.
The "Grant" last runs true-to-size.
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. With this excellent program, you can easily get many years of regular wear out of Alden's quality shoes. Which is important - as you'll surely 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.