Legacy of Alden: The Enduring Heritage of New England Shoemaking
Deep-rooted in the heart of a region once teeming with shoe manufacturers during the nineteenth century, Alden stands tall as the last surviving New England shoe manufacturer. Established by Charles H. Alden in 1884, this family-owned company has defied the test of time, outlasting every competitor in the area. The legacy of Alden extends far beyond the annals of American shoemaking history; it is intertwined with the very essence of the United States itself.
Known for crafting timeless classics like the original Tassel Loafer, Indy Work Boot, Leisure Handsewn, and Longwing Blucher, Alden has left an indelible mark on the world of footwear.
Known for crafting timeless classics like the Indy Boot, Unlined Chukka, and Longwing Blucher, Alden has left an indelible mark on the world of footwear.
Pioneering an Industry& Forging the Path
Amidst the challenges of the Great Depression, Charles Alden retired in 1933, and the company embarked on a new chapter,
relocating to Brockton, Massachusetts. Undeterred by the post-war adjustments, Alden thrived by embracing a commitment to producing high-quality shoes, with a special emphasis on orthopedic footwear. Today the words Shell Cordovan and Alden go hand in hand.
As they looked towards the future with optimism, in 1970, a state-of-the-art factory in Middleborough was established, reinforcing their unwavering dedication to excellence. This remarkable journey has paved the way for Alden's continued success, standing today as a beacon of quality craftsmanship and innovation in the world of shoemaking.
The Madison Shop in NYC
Our independently owned New York City location has been exclusively selling Alden footwear for over 25 years here on Madison Avenue and has become the world’s largest dealer of the Alden brand. Our core team has over 50 years combined sizing Alden shoes, boots, and loafers to people from all over the world. We invite you to stop in on your visit to New York City and get properly fitted for the best pair of American shoes money can buy!