The Best 5 Alden Boots (From a Guy With 30 Pairs)

Famed Alden collector JD Sasso joined us for this journey through the best Alden boots on the market. New England was once home to numerous shoe manufacturers but today, there’s just one still standing: Alden. Being one of the last bastions of traditional American shoemaking, this company has a special and deservedly vaulted place in … Read more

Why Does This Guy Own 75 Pairs of Boots?

Collectors are a special bunch of people. Their passion is infectious and they’re always pumped to share their knowledge and experience with anyone who’ll listen. Dale, a military intelligence analyst and boot aficionado, fits this description to a T. With a collection tallying over 75 pairs of Goodyear welted leather boots. His knowledge and enthusiasm … Read more

The 16 Best American Made Boots You Should Be Buying (Made in USA!)

More and more American brands are outsourcing their production overseas, and look, that doesn’t necessarily mean their products are becoming lower quality. Good and bad products are made in every country, and the producers’ nationality has a lot less to do with it than their business practices. But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason to … Read more

The 13 Best Boots for Wide Feet

It is surprising how many boot companies don’t offer wide options for their boots. It makes more sense when you realize that these businesses need to make new lasts — foot-shaped blocks of wood used to create the fit — when they want to offer wider sizes. Creating new lasts is incredibly laborious and expensive, … Read more

The 5 Best Men’s Boots for Flat Feet

Flat feet is a surprisingly common issue, with some sources suggesting that 3 million people suffer each year, while others estimate that up to 30 percent of people have at least one flat foot. Flat feet or low arches can often lead to other problems, putting folks at a greater risk of experiencing foot pain, … Read more

Op-Ed: Why Alden Is By Far My Favorite Boot Company

Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect the views of Stridewise, LLC. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author. In order to understand my obsession, I mean love affair, with Alden shoes, it’s necessary to … Read more

Alden Vs. Allen Edmonds Vs. Grant Stone – The Great Debate

Here are three brands that are compared and contrasted so often that boot fans on Reddit regularly accuse them of stealing from one another. That’s why today I wanted to try something different and compare three boots at once: Alden’s Indy 403, Allen Edmonds’ Higgins Mill, and Grant Stone’s Diesel. Alden makes the pricier shoes. … Read more

Viberg Vs. Alden: Which High-End Boot is Better?

There are entry level boots, there are mid-range boots, there are upper tier boots, and these two brands sit firmly in the upper tier: the beloved but pricy Viberg Service Boot and the most popular boot from the Alden Shoe Company, the Indy 403. These two pairs of boots are real institutions in men’s footwear. … Read more

Alden Indy Review — Is It Worthy of Indiana Jones?

Founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden, the Alden Shoe Company is the oldest shoe company in New England and they’ve been making their signature shoe, the Indy, the same way for over 100 years. This is a brand that reminds you how important boots used to be. Alden was founded at a time when … Read more