For the last year, I’ve been wearing a pair of Alden Plain-Toe Boots that I got from Unionmade Goods in San Francisco. The shoes are made in Massachusetts from natural Chromexcel leather, sourced from the Horween Factory in Chicago. These shoes are exclusive to Unionmade, and they are beautiful. I thought it would be good to share some pictures and talk about how they broke in.
|The most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned. Sneakers included.|
You’ll notice that they have a shine to them, and that’s because I just got them back from the cobbler. while they are, by far, the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned (yes, including sneakers), I do walk a lot, and that means I wear through my heel pretty quickly. Luckily, there’s a great cobbler in Portland who is able to replace the heel caps when I need a repair, and they put a nice shine on the shoe for me when they did the repair.
|These shoes look great from every angle, including from the perspective of the ant that took this picture.|
The construction is a Goodyear Welt, with an added storm welt for weatherproofing. You can see above that the cork/neoprene soles have tons of life left in them, and that the original storm welt is still in great shape. This storm welt started out a creamy flesh-colored leather and turned to a rich brown with regular wear.
|Notice the darkening on the right side, above the heel.|
The heel-cups on the shoe are even darker than the rest of the shoe, and that’s from friction against my pant cuff. over time, the shoe will likely darken even further, leaving a pair that is deep brown. Friction seems to have the greatest impact on the color, so the toe will probably stay lighter, while the rest of the shoe gets nice and dark.
|Good shoes mold to your foot. That’s happened here.|
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