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Every year, dozens of enlightened retailers across the world work with Massachusetts’ Alden Shoe Company—the last truly great American dress shoe (and plenty more) maker—to create hundreds of “makeups,” or custom designed shoes and boots. Some are straightforward in the best way possible. Others are wildly creative. Never before have all of them been cataloged in one place.

The goal of this story is to compile every single new-for-2020 Alden makeup that’s released in the US this year. This is, without question, an extremely difficult task! And for various reasons, maybe even impossible to get 100% right. But Stitchdown never shies away from a challenge, if it can help you figure out what’s out there in the wonderful world of quality footwear—and what to get your hands (and feet) on next.

Below is everything you need to know:

-Again, the goal is to catalog every single new-for-2020 Alden makeup released by US retailers. In other words, no restocks of shoes from past years (we’ll get there…).

-I’ll also be including certain makeups I love from other countries—Canada, definitely some European countries, and maybe even Asia. Being comprehensive on them as well is absolutely a goal, but, one step at a time.

This will be a living story you should check back on regularly. As new makeups become available, they will be added to this story. The first batch of releases from the first two months of the year aren’t really in any specific order; as new makeups are released, they will flow in chronologically.

-While I’m including some pre-order shoes, the only ones that will make this list—for now—are pre-orders that have photos available. That may expand as we go…hold tight on that.

-This story will just list makeups, not keep updated if they are sold out or not. So if that happens…I’m sorry! But definitely get in touch with the retailer if there’s something you love that’s gone—they may very well be doing a restock at some point, especially if they see interest.

-Because there are literally hundreds of Alden retailers, being 100% comprehensive is difficult, even if it is very much the goal. So things may be missed, for one reason or another. If you see any new-for-2020 Alden makeup that isn’t listed here, please let me know! Just shoot me an email at ben@stitchdown.com or a DM on Instagram at @stitchdown and I’ll update accordingly.

-There’s one major hole worth noting in this list already: makeups from Brogue, doubtless one of the finest Alden shops of them all. Mack, the owner, is in the process of moving to a new storefront, so we’re going to confirm everything once that’s done, hopefully in a week or two. In the meantime, definitely check out Brogue’s full incredible world of Alden makeups here.

And there we have it. I’d recommend bookmarking this page (if people still do that) and checking it out regularly—there are plenty more makeups to come this year and beyond.

Enjoy.


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Black Shell Cordovan "Stitchup" Boot

Black Shell Cordovan “Stitchup” Boot: $815

Alden Madison

-Barrie last

-360 reverse welt

-Black welt/sole edge

-Commando outsole

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

-2-2 stitching on cap toe and heel counter

-Exclusive Stitchdown collaboration

alden brick mortar reverse chamois tanker grant last

Reverse Tobacco Chamois “Cyrus” Handsewn Tanker Boot: $660

Brick and Mortar

-Grant last

-360 reverse welt

-Antique welt/sole edge

-Double waterlock outsole

-Nine brass eyelets

-Indy stitch

-Pull tab

Alden Seneca-Brick & Morta Six Eyelet Color 8 Shell Cordovan Chukka Color 8 Shell Cordovan Six-Eyelet “Seneca” V-Tip Chukka: $820

Brick and Mortar

-Barrie last

-360 flat welt

-Antique welt/sole edge

-Commando outsole

-Six brown eyelets

alden brick & mortar seattle—boardroom blucher in black shell cordovan

Unlined Black Shell Cordovan Straight Tip “Boardroom” Blucher: $750

Brick and Mortar

-Plaza last

-Leather outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Black welt/sole edge

-5 blind eyelets

alden leffot color 8 shell cordovan city blucher

Unlined Color 8 Shell Cordovan Cap Toe “City Blucher”: $755 (PRE-ORDER)

Leffot

-Barrie last

-Single oiled leather outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Five blind eyelets

alden leffot snuff suede city blucher

Unlined Snuff Suede Cap Toe “City Blucher”: $585 (PRE-ORDER)

Leffot

-Barrie last

-Flex leather outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Five blind eyelets

alden shoe mart black scotch grain plain toe boot

Black Regina Grain Plain Toe Boot: $609

The Shoe Mart

-Barrie last

-Black wedge outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Black eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique edge and welt

alden shoe mart black scotch grain wingtip boot

Black Scotch Grain Wingtip Boot: $643

The Shoe Mart

-Hampton last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique edge and welt

alden shoe mart black scotch grain monk

Black Scotch Grain Monk Strap: $619

The Shoe Mart

-Hampton last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Nickel buckle

-Antique edge and welt

alden shoe mart brown scotch grain wingtip boot

Brown Scotch Grain Wingtip Boot: $643

The Shoe Mart

-Hampton last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique edge and welt

alden shoe mart color 8 shell cordovan-traveler-boot

Color 8 “Wayfarer” Double Gore Slip-On: $759

The Shoe Mart

-Barrie last

-Single oiled leather outsole

-360-degree flat welt

-Antique edge

alden shoe mart tobacco reverse chamois lhs

Tobacco Reverse Chamois Leisure Handsewn Loafer: $599

The Shoe Mart

-Van last

-Oiled flex outsole with McAffee heels

-360-degree flat welt

-Antique welt and edge

-Unlined


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alden madison black shell cordovan irwin boot

Black Shell Cordovan “Irwin” V-Tip Boot: $780

Alden Madison

-Barrie last

-Single leather sole with Thomas heel

-270-degree flat welt

-Black eyelets and speed hooks

-Black welt and sole edge

ealdwine alden dillon color 8 shell Cordovan medallion cap toe boot

Color 8 Shell Cordovan Medallion Cap Toe “Dillon” Boot: $795

Ealdwine

-Barrie last

-Double leather sole with dovetail heels

-360-degree flat welt

-Tonal eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

Ealdwine Glenwood Loden green suede plain toe boot

Loden Green Suede Plain Toe “Glenwood” Boot: $625

Ealdwine

-Barrie last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

ealdwine alden dawson black CXL Indy boot

Black Chromexcel “Dawson” Indy Boot: $620

Ealdwine

-Trubalance last

-Commando outsole

-270-degree storm welt

-Black eyelets and speed hooks

-Natural welt and edge

ealdwine dr. g blue suede plaza Indy boot

Blue Suede “Dr. G” Indy Boot: $640

Ealdwine

-Plaza last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree flat welt

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

-Tan bark contrast moc stitching

Ealdwine Alden Sir Walter wingtip boot color 8 shell cordovan

Color 8 Shell Cordovan “Sir Walter” Wingtip Boot: $795

Ealdwine

-Plaza last

-Double oak leather outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Nine blind eyelets

-Mahogany welt and edge

-Full brogue on quarters and heel counters

-Trumpet medallion

Snake oil provisions alden wick boot plain toe black shell cordovan

Black Shell Cordovan Plain Toe “Wick” Boot: $826 

Snake Oil Provisions

-Trubalance Last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Nickel eyelets and speed hooks

-Black welt and edge

-Inspired by John Wick!

alden moulded shoe algonquin split toe color 8 shell cordovan

Color 8 Shell Cordovan Algonquin Split Toe Boot: $825

Moulded Shoe

-Barrie Last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Tonal eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

-Indy stitch


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alden moulded shoe algonquin split toe black shell cordovan

Black Shell Cordovan Algonquin Split Toe Boot: $825

Moulded Shoe

-Barrie Last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Tonal eyelets and speed hooks

-Black welt and edge

-Indy stitch

alden moulded shoe loden green suede wingtip boot modified last

Loden Green Suede Wingtip Boot: $610

Moulded Shoe

-Modified Last

-Single oak leather outsole with Foot Balance rubber heels

-270-degree flat welt

-Eyelets and speed hooks

alden indy boot snuff suede moulded shoe

Snuff Suede Modified Last Indy Boot: $625

Moulded Shoe

-Modified Last

-Plantation crepe outsole

-270-degree storm welt

-Eyelets and speed hooks

-Natural welt and edge

alden moulded shoe cap toe blucher color 8 shell cordovan-modified-last

Color 8 Shell Cordovan Perforated Cap Toe Blucher: $785

Moulded Shoe

-Modified Last

-Single oak leather outsole with Foot Balance rubber heels

-270-degree flat welt

-Six blind eyelets

-Antique welt and edge

alden leather soul pt boot snuff suede

Snuff Suede “PT Boot”: $625

Leather Soul

-Barrie Last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

alden leather soul pt boot brown

Dark Brown Calf “PT Boot”: $625

Leather Soul

-Barrie Last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

alden lost & found ranger mocc snuff suede

Snuff Suede Mocc Toe Blucher: $590

Lost & Found

-Barrie Last

-Leather outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Five blind eyelets

-Antique welt and edge

-Red laces

alden lost & found ranger mocc color 8 shell cordovan

Color 8 Shell Cordovan Mocc Toe Blucher: $790

Lost & Found

-Barrie Last

-Leather outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Five blind eyelets

-Antique welt and edge

alden jcrew plain toe blucher milkshake suede

Milkshake Suede Plain Toe Nassau Blucher: $589

J. Crew

-Barrie Last

-Waterlock leather outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Four eyelets

-Antique welt and edge


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alden j crew brown alpine grain monk

Brown Alpine Grain Monk: $577

J. Crew

-Plaza Last (even though J. Crew website says Aberdeen)

-Waterlock leather outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Antique welt and edge

alden todd snyder white buck

Unlined White Suede Buck Dover: $565

Todd Snyder

-Barrie Last

-Single oiled leather flex outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Five blind eyelets

-Antique welt and edge

alden david wood franklin saddle shoe

Dark Brown and Black Regina Grain “Franklin” Algonquin Saddle Blucher: $675 (Pre-Order)

David Wood Style

-Barrie Last

-Commando outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Five brass eyelets

-Antique welt and edge

alden david wood hobson boot

Tan Suede “Hobson” Indy Boot: $597 (Pre-Order)

David Wood Style

-Trubalance Last

-Heavy single oiled leather outsole

-360-degree flat welt

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

-White moc stitching

alden david wood portlander ii handsewn mocc

Brown Alpine Grain Handsewn “Portlander II” Mocc”: $589 (Pre-Order)

David Wood Style

-Plaza Last

-Single oiled leather outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Antique welt and edge

-Bark tan stitching

Alden david wood Casco tassel loafer

Loden Green Suede “Casco” Tassel Loafer: $567 (Pre-Order)

David Wood Style

-Copley Last

-Single oiled leather outsole

-360-degree flat welt

-Antique welt and edge

-Berry gold stitching

alden david wood color 8 shell cordovan plaza monk

Color 8 Shell Cordovan “Widgery” Wingtip Monk: $767

David Wood Style

-Plaza Last

-Heavy single oiled leather outsole

-270-degree reverse welt

-Silver buckle

-Antique welt and edge

armory alden springwater michigan boot

Brown Horween Utica Leather “Springwater” Boot: $625

The Armoury

-Van Last

-Plantation crepe outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

Judd frost alden regina grain indy boot

Dark Brown Regina Grain Indy Boot: $650

Judd Frost Clothiers (boots are not on website—call 952.473.4633)

-Trubalance Last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree storm welt

-Brass eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

-Berry gold moc stitching

-No Indy stitch

Judd frost alden reverse chamois cap toe boot

Reverse Earth Chamois Perforated Cap Toe Boot: $650

Judd Frost Clothiers (boots are not on website—call 952.473.4633)

-Barrie Last

-Commando outsole

-360-degree reverse welt

-Black eyelets and speed hooks

-Antique welt and edge

alden la rossa black scotch grain v tip

Black Scotch Grain Algonquin V-Tip Boot: $597

LA Rossa/LOUIE (boots are not on website—call 781.335.9631)

-Barrie Last

-Double oiled leather outsole

-270-degree flat welt

-Nine black eyelets

-Antique welt and edge

alden claymore shop dark brown regina grain full strap lhsDark Brown Regina Grain Full Strap Leisure Handsewn Loafer

Claymore Shop (boots are not on website—call 248.642.7755)

-Van Last

-Oiled flex outsole

-360-degree flat welt

-Bark tan handsewn thread

-Antique welt and edge

-Fully lined


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