Ok, so I’ll be up front about this: there’s a ton of Alden in here this week—shops are bringing it with the makeups early in the year and I love it. And while I’m working on creating a running guide to every new Alden makeup of the year, they’ll go here for now. Also some great stuff from Carmina, Viberg, Meermin, Mark Albert, and Wesco.
If you ever see anything you like out there that’s coming out, always DM me @stitchdown. It’s very appreciated. And don’t forget to check out all the previous Shoes ‘n’ Boots of the Week roundups—plenty of the recommendations are still available.
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The very first shell makeup from the shell master himself, Matt Gray (if you haven’t seen the story on Matt’s insane collection, here it is). And an honestly fantastic price for a shell boot with this level of detail.
Just look at this stuff. My oh my. Philly’s own Style By Blain proprietor Voltaire Blain (he used to do all the best makeups at CitiShoes in NY) is old school—no site. But you can call him at (215) 753-2465 to place an order.
Hampton last for extra class, commando sole to make these grainy stunners the perfect rain boot.
Same grain as above, 360 reverse welt, also Hampton last.
Also extremely original! If you haven’t heard about these yet, there’s a lot more info here.
Just a stunning boot, and I personally don’t usually gravitate towards zip-ups. Vibram 705 split sole on a 5-iron midsole and natural 360 storm welt.
The man from Somerville, PA took a big swing with these wildly textured C.F. Stead derbies. In my estimation, he connected. They’re also available in an even-more-wild indigo leather from Stead.
The hand-braided Norgevese welt is insane. Beautiful d’Annonay grain calf leather. RUI last. This is an MTO that surely won’t last long.
Carmina continues to deliver tremendous value for its exquisite shoes. Forest last.