Established in 1884, the Alden Shoe Company of New England are one of the oldest and most revered names in American shoe making. Alden footwear is hand-crafted in their Massachusetts factory, using leather from America's finest tanneries, tempered steel shanks, and Goodyear welted construction, meaning they are made to last you a lifetime. The Alden Plain Toe Blucher is crafted from Shell Cordovan leather, sourced from the Horween tannery of Chicago, Illinois. Shell Cordovan is a rare, vegetable tanned horse hide leather prized for its comfort and longevity, hand-worked by highly skilled leather artisans in a process that takes six months. The Blucher, known in England as a 'Derby' shoe, is a classic open-laced, plain toe shoe, considered less formal than the classic Oxford, ideal for every day wear, be it casual or formal. Horween Shell Cordovan Leather Uppers. Goodyear Welted Double Leather Sole with Rubber Out-Step. Full Leather Lining and Insole. Waxed Laces. Alden 'Barrie' Last. Hand Made in the USA.