Alden + Context Roy Boot

Context 4Ryan Huber of Context Clothing was kind enough to send a preview of their latest collaboration with venerated American shoemaker, Alden Shoe Company, of Middleborough, Massachusetts. The Alden + Context Roy Boot, a boot he’s calling “the most beautiful work boot ever made” provides the next step in bridging the gap between work wear and contemporary menswear. It retails for $445.00. I’ll let him tell you more.

context 1The Alden + Context Roy Boot is named after my father, Roy Huber, who worked as the foreman of machine repair at American Motors and then Chrysler. Now retired, he is busy restoring a 1962 Pontiac Gran Prix along with my 1982 Honda CB750f. He is the hardest working man I’ve ever known, and everything I value terms of American-made comes from him. He’s worn Red Wings his entire life, but now he’s into Alden and Russell (thanks to his fashionable son).

context 3The leather: Horween Chromexcel: deep brown with amazing shades of burgundy. Chromexcel is the OG of pull-up leather. Use your index finger to pull up on the underside of the leather and you’ll see a temporary separation of oils in the exterior. This leather is unreal in regards to durability and graceful aging — perfect for a work boot.

context 2 The sole: The plantation crepe is the sole of choice for Japanese Alden enthusiasts. The sole makes this boot.

Context 5The Alden + Context Roy Boot available exclusively in Madison, Wisconsin. Give them a call today, (608) 250-0113.

For more on Context, read about the visit I paid to their headquarters.


  1. Philip
    September 7, 2009


    I can’t afford that, however.

  2. Mordechai
    September 8, 2009

    in a way, i want these more than that hip pair.. indy or indie.. these are kinda understated !! get me a pair !

  3. M. Wastler
    September 9, 2009

    Mordechai, surely you could make an Indy pair work against trend.

  4. jeremy
    September 9, 2009

    i had my hand on my phone today getting ready to order a pair.

    just can’t bite the bullet yet

    soon though

    very soon

  5. bridget
    September 9, 2009

    gorgeous. absolutely gorgeous.

  6. Morgan
    September 9, 2009

    These are very, very nice boots – but I still like my AF53s better!

  7. Jen (Ryan's big sister)
    September 13, 2009

    Love it! It’s totally Dad! Nice write up on our father as well! Keep up the good work little brother!

  8. Dan
    September 19, 2009

    You know, I’m usually not a fan of the work-wear look, but these are quality – and beautiful. I know it sounds a little corny to say about a boot, but it looks like a lot of love went into it. Reading the background on its creation confirms this.

    Can the economy turn around soon so I can splurge on a pair of these?

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  10. Alfred
    January 13, 2010

    Redwing shoes are not only good-looking, boasting a rugged charm, but they’re about as sturdy as a pair of shoes get.Instead of outfitting horseback riders, they now outfit motorcycle riders.They are the most comfortable i have ever worn.They are also unbelievably durable.

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