[Pictured: Alden x Leather Soul Indy Shoe available for $350.00.]
Alden's Indy Boots have been one of a few select boots that everyone in the blogosphere seems to love. Along with Red Wing's Lifestyle Collection and Wolverine's 1000 Mile boots, Alden's Indy boots (nicknamed such having been worn by Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones film series) have been many a stylish guys footwear of choice this past year.
Boot models being convereted into shoes is nothing new and is something the Japanese have been doing for a while with many of their own heritage favorites (i.e. Red Wing Oxfords), but this is one of the first examples I have seen primarily featured in the domestic marketplace. My personal feelings on the Indy shoe are mixed. Granted, it's a much more office friendly version of a time-honored favorite, but what I always loved about the Indy was its refinement as a boot. By converting it into an oxford, all of it's rugged yet refined charm seems lost. The Red Wing oxford was successful because it truly was a low-top boot, while this Indy shoe seems to find itself squarely in the shoe category. My two cents...deposited.