The Alden for Blackbird Summer Oxford in Reverse Tobacco Chamois makes its debut and combines the untouchable cool of Blackbird fan favorite, The Summer Oxford in Tan Suede with another best seller of ours, the Ranger Moc Blucher oxford. The result is a master work of rugged class and extreme personal signature with a patina that develops brighter and darker highlights as the vegetable oils of the Horween leather move around with usage.

Since it’s inception in 1884, Alden of New England has existed as a pinnacle to the shoe connoisseur in all of us. And it is with this in mind that we bring you our most recent batch of Alden for Blackbird collaboration shoes.

Each shoe is hand made with Horween leather in an all-natural, special recipe tanning process that can take up to 6 months. After this process is complete, each pair of shoes are hand made and take another six weeks to produce. Such intensive attention to quality and excellence is what makes Aldens stand out from the rest and what make them so highly sought after the world over.

Charles H. Alden started his shoe company like so many others in the last two decades of the 1800’s as the shoe industry exploded, with the help of the railroad and steam engine shipping, into the south and western regions of the country. Most of the companies who remained in New England after WWII could not compete in the demanding post-war economy. Yet Alden prospered by relying not on lower quality mass-markets but on high quality dress shoes.

Alden is now the sole (no pun intended) New England shoe and bootmaker remaining of the hundreds who began in the late 1800’s. It is still a family owned business and continues to maintain a tradition of quality hand-crafted and genuine-welted shoemaking that is second to none.

in reverse tobacco chamois

Alden fans know that our Blackbird custom make-up models are hard to come by. Be sure to secure a pair of our special Blackbird exclusively designed shoes or boots before they sell out. For more information, please email or visit our stores in Ballard, WA and Portland, OR where you can properly be fitted.