I Can Only Fit 10 Pairs of Boots in My Apartment; Here’s How I Chose Them

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Unless you are exceedingly wealthy or ridiculously lucky, a person living in Manhattan — indeed in most of New York City — must confront the reality that there is never enough space. I ran out of places to put more books sometime in the late 1990s, and ran out of space to store clothes and … Read more

Bickmore Bick 4 Leather Conditioner Review: Doesn’t Darken Leather?

bickmore bick 4 before after

Bickmore has been in the leather care game since 1882, when they started out by making products to soothe sores on horses that were caused by their harnesses. In the early twentieth century they started branching out into shaving cream and toothpaste and eventually their journey through the oozy creams of the world led them … Read more

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

Alden mahogany shell cordovan

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

Indy vs Higgins Mill vs Grant Stone

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?

Viberg Vs Alden

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?

Alden Indy 403 street

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