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.

The Tan Summer Oxford. These sand-hued shoes stamp any outfit with a stylish, in-the-know swagger, whether in summer, spring, or even early fall.

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DETAILS: The brother to Alden's famous unlined 1490's series, this semicasual oxford is fondly referred to as "Alden's summer sneaker." Distributed exclusively between only a handful of Alden accounts and featuring each retailer's custom heel pod (ours features the Blackbird logo and the words "Made expressly for Blackbird" in gold lettering), these slim line summer oxfords are tailor made for wear with a summer weight suit, slacks, or your slouchy rolled chinos and worn in denim. Featuring an unlined leather upper for ultimate wearability with or without socks and Alden's Flex water resistant outsole (Unexpected spring rain? So?), they'll keep you crazy comfortable on your feet and looking sharp all season long.

STYLE: Plain Toe Oxford, LAST: Barrie, UPPER: premium unlined tan suede calfskin, OUTSOLE: Flex single waterlock water resistant outsole with dressy McAfee heel, INSOLE: Flex vegetable tanned leather insoles with the "Made expressly for Blackbird" heel pod, MID-SOLE: cork midsole with steel shank for long-lasting strength and support, LACING: round cotton lacing through five pairs of blind eyelets, WELT: high quality light antique finish Goodyear leather reverse welt construction, LINING: unlined for summer comfort.

SIZING: These shoes run large. We recommend sizing down half a size.

Handmade shoes from Alden take a long time to produce so there is not always inventory readily available. If the size, width or style you are interested in is currently out of stock, or you have questions about fit, please contact us at where the Blackbird crew will quickly answer your questions and do everything in their power to get them for you.

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