Choices, choices. When it comes to men’s footwear there’s no shortage of brands and options. It can seem like a good thing but some times you can feel overwhelmed and can’t make a decision. Today we’re going to help you out so you can finally decide on a new pair. The competitors facing off? Allen Edmonds and Alden. They are two very popular and high quality shoe makers so we don’t blame you for being on the fence. We will be looking at a few different factors including material, comfort, pricing and more.
Allen Edmonds vs Alden
Based out of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Allen Edmonds was established in Belgium during 1922. Unfortunately it wasn’t the cool Belgium in Europe but rather Belgium, Wisconsin(Kidding of course). They have 50 retail stores in 28 states while also operating in Italy and the Dominican Republic. A lot of their original success came form supplying troops with shoes during World War II so if you respect the military you’ll appreciate that.
Allen Edmond customers are known for their loyalty. Normally the shoes aren’t replaced but rather restored, making them last for many years to come. The company even offers to rebuild shoes including replacing the sole, heels, reapplying finish, and more.
The Alden Shoe Company has been around for almost a century and a half, founded during 1884 by Charles H in Middleborough, Massachusetts. During the 19th century, shoemakers in New England were abundant but Alden stood the test of time and is one of the few that remains. They specialize in handmade men’s shoes including oxfords, boots, loafers and more.
A fun fact about Alden is that their model 405 boots were Indiana Jones shoe of choice in the films.
Both Allen Edmonds and Alden have three things in common which are comfort, looks, and quality. The one thing that separates them is the pricing since you can get Allen Edmond’s in the $200-300 range but you’ll dropping around double of that for Alden’s.
Who do you think offers better shoes between the two brands?