Alden x Roden Gray

Thursday March 21, 2013

Alden has been hand-crafting footwear since 1884 — that's 129 years and going strong for the New England bootmaker. We kept this fact in mind when we sat down to develop our first branded collaboration with the venerable company. While Vancouver is relatively young, our location in the city's oldest neighbourhood provided the inspiration for the first round of shoes and boots made expressly for Roden Gray.

Alden x Roden Gray Deighton Chromexcel Workboot

Named for "Gassy" Jack Deighton, Gastown's most famous barkeep and the namesake of the neighbourhood itself, our collaboration boot is built on Alden's Trubalance last out of beautiful and sturdy Horween chromexcel leather. It features a Goodyear welted double oiled sole for superior performance on rainy spring days, plus speed hooks and a pull strap for easy wearing.

See the Deighton Chromexcel Work Boot on our online store.

Alden x Roden Gray Trounce Waxed Chamois Wingtip

While it's usually referred to by the more ominous name of Blood Alley, Trounce alley is one of the more prominent alleys that run along the length of Gastown. In keeping with the alley's rough exterior, we've selected a beautiful waxed reverse chamois for these wingtip derbies. They feature commando soles and are built on the Barrie last.

See the Trounce Chamois Wingtip on our online store.

Alden x Roden Gray Byrnes Chromexcel Blucher

We didn't have to look very far for the inspiration for these simple, but versatile bluchers. Byrnes Block sits at the corner of Carrall and Water and was originally the site for the Alhambra hotel but now houses the OK Boot Corral, Six Acres, Peckinpah, and Roden Gray. As timeless as the building we call home, these bluchers are made from Horween Chromexcel leather so they'll take a beating and look all the better for it. They're built on the Barrie last.

See the Byrnes Chromexcel Blucher on our online store.