2 years ago I bought my first pair of Aldens: The 405 “Indy” boot. Much has been said already about the history of the 405 and how it came to be known as the Indy, but for me those facts didn’t really matter because I now had on my feet the most comfortable, well built pair of shoes I’d ever experienced. I was hooked.
As I write this now I have 10 pairs of Aldens, with 5 more on order. I wear them and polish them and smell them and spend time just holding them. I’ve taken them up to the roof to soak up the sun. I can smell the cordovan and cedar when I’m falling asleep at night.
I’ve spent hundreds of hours on the internet and in stores researching Aldens, tirelessly observing every detail of the different models. I’ve been an active member on several shoe forums and have become quite familiar with the culture of Aldens. I check the Alden thread on my phone before I even get out of bed in the morning. For the last 10 months I’ve had the privilege of working in a retail store selling Aldens, speaking with customers and learning from them as well as informing them. I have had a hand in detailing over 20 custom make-ups. I have even spent dozens of hours drawing pictures of Aldens. It’s quite baffling when I think about how much time and energy I have devoted to these shoes and boots made by a 126 year old shoe company from Massachusetts.
I am obsessed with Alden.
I don’t consider myself an expert and I still have a lot to learn, but my goal for this blog is to share my knowledge and passion for Alden with you.