The Alden shoe company was founded in Middleborough, Massachusetts, back in 1884 and remains the only original New England cobbler still in business. And for good reason. Their hand-stiched line of shoes are as sturdy as they are stylish. The company's popular Indy boot has been getting a lot of love latey, but it's their calfskin wing tip that showcases the beauty of an Alden shoe: a round toe, just lean enough to keep it from looking old-fashioned, while a substantial sole grounds the shoe (and its wearer) in rich American-made tradition. Of course, while four hundred dollars ain't cheap, these are the type of shoes that will last you a lifetime—literally. Which leads us to the burnished brown color, it not only goes with nearly everything in your closet, it just gets better looking with age.
$410, at Alden, San Francisco
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