Full strap slip-on shell cordovan using the centuries-old method of pure vegetable tanning and hand finishing, the single tannery still producing genuine shell cordovan today is indeed practicing a rare art. The final patina is also a lengthy finishing procedure achieved by years of know-how at the Alden factory in handling this very special material. Vegetable-tanned leather insoles provide comfort and long wear; it assumes over time the contours of your foot shape giving a truly custom quality to the fit.
Beneath the insole is a layer of cork, providing additional resilience and insulation. Every Alden New England shoe carries a tempered steel shank, precisely contoured and triple ribbed for extra strength. Truly the backbone of a fine welt shoe or boot, the shank provides the proper support and shape required to give comfort throughout the day. Oak tanned leather bends are cut into outsoles at the factory for maximum control of quality, crafted not only with good looks but with the integrity of fine shoemaking, a special addition to your wardrobe.