Alden Shoe Shop | 344 Madison Avenue

On a recent trip to New York City, I made sure to leave enough time to stop by the Alden Shoe Store on Madison Avenue (@44th street).  I get so used to seeing the raw material on a daily basis that it’s really great to see a room full of finished product from time to time.  With burgundy, the loafer, and hand-sewn deck shoes enjoying a revival, the store on Madison is a viable option for choices of all three.  They also had a nice stock of some of the browns and lighter colors – whiskey, cigar, and ravello.

Alden Shoe Shop

The Alden Shoe Shop of New York

A few of the choices available in whiskey shell cordovan.

A few of the choices available in whiskey shell cordovan.

Everyone should have at least one pair of really nice shoes – and they should take care of them.  They don’t have to be Aldens, and they don’t have to be cordovan, but if they’re made well you should have them forever, and you should wear them, a lot.  If anyone has a square toed anything left in their closet, hopefully this will act as motivation to replace that style.  Just in case, the contact info for the store can be found at the end of this post (and they accept phone orders).

I recently stumbled across a pair of really “vintage” Color #8 Shell Longwings – they’d been in a closet here at the factory for an indeterminable amount of time.  There’s one more exhibit here that makes the case for cordovan in a big way.  See below.

Alden Shoe Shop of New York

tel (212)687.3023 |

344 Madison Avenue, Near 44th Street | New York, NY 10017


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13 responses to “Alden Shoe Shop | 344 Madison Avenue

  1. Wow, fantastic post and pics! And I love those longwings! 😉

  2. ralph bonato

    I am the owner of Alden Shoes @ Madison – you did a great job with the write up of the store and the photos are great. Without your great leather and Alden’s fine workmanship, they would not be the best shoes, period, in the world. Thank you very much for your fine effort to write about Alden of NY.

    Regards, Ralph

  3. Totally stoked to see this. I never even knew this store was in Manhattan. Thanks for the post. I’ll be stopping by there today!

  4. A great store. Just down the street from Brooks and Press. Always some interesting shoes and boots on sale if you’re lucky and they have your size. And oddly enough, vintage Chipp ties are available. A lotta soul for such a tiny store.

  5. I’m glad to have discovered your blog. I like the fact that this is the intersection of old world craft and Web 2.0 technology. – Aaron

  6. Kris

    In the picture with the shoe horns and shoe polish, what are those items on the right hand side as I look at the picture? They look like leather skins or swatches???

  7. I wrote a paper on this in College, had i had your capability to articulate my thoughts and research, I may possibly have received a much better grade. Great Job!

  8. I’d should examine with you here. Which is not one thing I normally do! I get pleasure from studying a post that will make folks think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to remark!

  9. douglas

    where is the best place to have my Aldens reconditioned?

  10. kim

    Hi, there~
    I am finding ‘cigar shell cordovan longwing blucher, 6.5D or 6.5E.’
    Is the shoes on stock?

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