Upper: Brown Chromexcel
Outsole: Commando sole
Last: Plaza Last
The captoe boot may as well be the modern gentleman's coat of arms, and the Epaulet Cardiff boot is as urbane as they come. Blaze trails to work or play with the confident stroll of a man well-dressed all the way to the soles of his feet. The Cardiff is made on the Plaza last for an elegant, softly chiseled toe; an unadorned captoe gives the boot its stylish refinement, and is balanced just so with a burly pull-tab at the collar. Brass eyelets and a commando sole finish it off with a smart epaulet signature.
The Plaza last features a angled, sleek toebox and generally runs true to size. We advise buying your typical dress shoe or Epaulet Trainer size. If you own an Alden with the Barrie or Tru-Balance last, then we advise going up a half-size (e.g. order a Cardiff 10D if you take a Tru-Balance 9.5D).
The Alden Shoe Company was founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Massachusetts, and it remains in that same town to this day. Since its inception, the Alden Shoe Company has designed and manufactured classic gentleman's footwear that represents America's tradition of custom shoe-making 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.
In a consumer world that too often prizes promotion over product, you might think genuine craftsmanship and honest value have been lost forever. Alden stands as adamant proof of the contrary. We are honored to continue our partnership with these paragons of American manufacturing.
Alden shoes are Goodyear welted and handmade by union craftsmen. When you've worn out the sole, which will take a very long time, you can return them to Alden for a complete resoling and refurbishing. With proper care, by a competent cobbler or the factory itself, your Aldens will last you well over a decade.
Our apologies, we cannot ship Alden shoes outside the United States and Canada.