The incredibly popular Alden for Blackbird Christopherson's Creamery Milkman Boot is finally available again. Click here to check it out and see below for the full rundown on this special boot.

Did you buy a pair of the initial release (or any Alden for Blackbird footwear, for that matter)? We would love to see some pictures of how they have worn in! Please send an e-mail to with the style, how long you have had them for, pictures, and anything else you might like to include and we will throw it all up on the blog.

Designed by Blackbird in collaboration with Alden of New England, makers of custom boots since 1884. The Christopherson's Creamery Milkman Boot was inspired by the shiny simple uniform boots that so many delivery drivers wore back in day when milk and groceries were delivered. Christopherson's Creamery (you can see their sign in the above picture, photographed in 1939) was a local Ballard dairy shop on Market Street, just around the corner from where Blackbird is today. We're expecting to see this become your favorite boot - the one that you'll wear with everything, doing anything for the next 20 to 50 years.

Blackbird 45149HC Christopherson's Creamery Milkman Boot
in black

LAST: Barrie
STYLE: Navy Blucher High Boot - plain toe with perforated quarter detailing at the ankle
UPPER: black shell cordovan (for details, scroll to the bottom)
OUTSOLE: rubber Commando outsole for grip and durability
INSOLE: leather with the "Made expressly for Blackbird" heel pod
MID-SOLE: cork midsole with steel shank for long-lasting strength and support
LACING: flat waxed lacing through black agatine and hook eyelets
WELT: high quality Goodyear leather storm welt construction
LINING: fully leather lined.

Polish yours to a high gloss and wear them with sharply tailored trousers, or beat them up, lace them half-way, and wear them with whatever. This boot is cut sharp to accommodate a number of looks and built tough as nails for a life of hard, dedicated service.

Note: these shoes run large. We recommend sizing down half a size. If you don't see the size you're looking for, please contact us for assistance.


Using the centuries-old method of pure vegetable tannage and hand finishing, the single tannery still producing genuine shell cordovan today is indeed practicing a rare art. The tanning process takes a full six months to complete and produces leather that is soft and supple, yet very durable. Alden's classic patterns take on a unique character when made from genuine shell cordovan.

By virtue of their long experience, Alden stands as the acknowledged master in working and finishing this special leather into extraordinary footwear. The crafting of shoes from shell cordovan recalls, indeed depends on, shoemaking of the old school. The special qualities of the leather are elusive, unresponsive to high volume production methods. Cordovan demands the measured pace of hand shoemaking and patient finishing, responding to such careful work with unmatched luster.

Over time, the patina in Alden's genuine shell cordovan shoes will only improve, deepening with each polishing and showing to full advantage the especially rich character of the leather. As durable and comfortable to wear as they are beautiful to look at, genuine shell cordovan shoes truly are Alden's masterworks.

For more great info on the care of cordovan leather (courtesy of Alden of Carmel), click here.