Ryan Huber’s Alden + Context Roy Boots

roybootRyan’s Roy Boots.  Worn every day for approximately 30 days.

royboot2Earlier this month, I told you about the Roy Boot, an exciting collaboration between Context and Alden Shoes. A friend bought a pair. He wears them all the time. I suggested he send me photos of his beaters. I mentioned this to Ryan. He sent me photos of his boots.

royboot3“I motorcycle and bicycle in them daily — obviously more wear than the average boot.  I have not given them any attention other than wearing them: no cream, wax, oil, etc.  I was caught in two rain storms while motorcycling.  I must say they are a welcome addition to my wardrobe, truly comfortable and attractive boots.  We are very happy with Alden’s exceptional work.”

royboot4I’d like to make this an ongoing feature. The owners of the Roy Boot are a small club right now. If you count yourself a member, Ryan and I would like to post photos of your boots in action. Send them to plaidout@gmail.com or support@contextclothing.com. Join the club: Alden’s Roy Boot is now available for pre-order.



  1. Ryan
    September 30, 2009

    I need to be part of this club, for real…

  2. Joe
    September 30, 2009

    I was lucky enough to grab a pair and have been wearing them everyday as well. They are amazing–comfortable, great looking, sturdy.

  3. R. Huber
    September 30, 2009

    Thanks for the post, wearing mine again today. I’ll get my boys on the program. Madison is full of Roy Boots.

  4. J. Gaffney
    September 30, 2009

    Wish I had the dough to join the club. Hopefully soon! Nice pics of an awesome boot though.

  5. D. Griffith
    September 30, 2009

    These are great, love Alden, lucky enough to have a hand-me-down pair myself, great images.

  6. U.Maier
    October 7, 2009

    Any recommandations on the fitting?
    Order half size up or take normal ?
    E or D last?

    tks for any help
    B rgds

  7. R.Huber
    October 7, 2009


    Context Expert Tip: Context Expert Tip:The Roy Boot is available in D and E widths. The Barrie Last is about 1/2 size larger than regular U.S. size (e.g. U.S. size 10 = Barrie Lasts size 9 1/2). While the boot will soften and take the shape of your foot with wear, we do not recommend buying these boots expecting stretch. If between sizes we recommend erring toward the larger size. The Context + Alden Roy Boot is durable, comfortable, and easy to care for. This is a life time boot. We encourage you to call or email us with questions about fit or boot specs.

  8. ATerrificLife
    October 7, 2009

    wow, those look SWEET! He must have worn them pretty hard in those 30 days.

    I am still trying to get down to the Alden factory, I don’t know if they really like to give tours, but I will bring my camera for sure man!

  9. Beatle
    October 15, 2009

    Can’t wait for March to roll in*

  10. Speedmaster
    October 15, 2009

    Nice Alden boots, tempting!

  11. Trotter
    November 6, 2009

    Boots: A Love Story

  12. Mr Brown
    November 16, 2009

    Wearing one pair of boots for 3 days on the bounce let alone 30 is not advised.

    Practicalities – they will wear our far quicker,

    Aesthetics – they will not gain that unique look that a pair of well worn boots boasts; they will simply look abused.

    Subtle differences, but important ones.

  13. Speedmaster
    November 24, 2009

    I just bought some 405s, but those look great. 😉

  14. Beatle
    December 15, 2009

    any update on these ? February feels so far away…

  15. tod
    January 3, 2010

    Any pics of people actually wearing these? I would really like to see how these look on a person, or at least other people’s Roy Boots and how they are wearing in.

  16. M. Wastler
    January 5, 2010

    Tod, alongside Ryan and Sam at Context, I’m asking folks who’ve purchased the shoes to submit photos. We hope to have something for you later this year. 2010, the year of the Roy Boot.

  17. Beatle
    January 20, 2010

    another 2 months….waiting and mastering patience. if there are any more pictures out there – please post to make the time go by faster

  18. Ryan
    January 21, 2010

    Beatle, your patience is appreciated. I’ll have the guys at the shop shoot pics of their boots and send them to Max for posting. Sam’s look great.

    Also, stay tuned for pics of my trip to Horween & Alden. I’m working on a new Context Eye to Eye piece documenting the making of these boots.

  19. Beatle
    January 28, 2010

    great. looking forward to more pics

  20. tod
    January 28, 2010

    Yeah, let’s get those pics up!

  21. Draper
    March 9, 2010

    Any updates on the Roy Boots? I’m hoping to catch the next wave of pre-orders in my size!

  22. M. Wastler
    March 10, 2010

    Draper, we are compiling the photos now and hope to have something in time for the warmer weather.

  23. Beatle
    April 9, 2010

    nothing new ?

  24. Beatle
    April 14, 2010

    The first run just arrived !Stoked and I promise I will update pictures. Thanks, Context

  25. Jack
    May 12, 2010

    any chance we will be seeing the update pictures of everyone’s roy boots anytime soon?

  26. tod
    May 31, 2010

    i’ve given up on this…

  27. jamie raine
    December 4, 2013

    I hate how you have to wait 6 month pre order for these shoes it a crime for making loyal consumer wait so long

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