Charles Alden founded his company in 1884 in southeastern Massachusetts, center of the American shoe industry of the time. Gradually, the competition dwindled, disappeared abroad or went bankrupt. Alden Shoes persevered for a reason, and has since become America's oldest manufacturer of high-quality men's shoes. The family-owned company is committed to traditional craftsmanship, making no compromises in its choice of materials and striving for the best in comfort. So even today, every pair is handmade, intricately welted, and the durable leather is sourced exclusively from Horween.