A handcrafted masterpiece in genuine shell cordovan leather by Alden (est. 1884), an icon of old-school American shoemaking—and they're only available at J.Crew. Each boot is handcrafted entirely in the U.S. using genuine Horween No. 8 shell cordovan leather (for its magnificent lustre and extraordinary durability), which is vegetable tanned for six months at one of the country's oldest tanneries. Featuring all of Alden's hallmark details, including their famed Goodyear welt, full leather lining and a tempered steel shank. If properly cared for, these boots will last for generations (to make sure they do, you can always send them back to Alden for resoling). No one else makes them like this anymore. When cleaning, apply a cordovan-specific No. 8 wax.