The Alden Shoe Company was founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Massachusetts. In the 19th century, there were once hundreds of shoemakers in New England, but now Alden is the last in the region, and is considered a heritage, family-owned brand.  Many of the company's roughly 100 workers at its factory in Middleborough are second or third generation, and it sources its leathers mostly from small tanneries in Europe and the U.S. – its shell cordovan comes from the last such tannery in America.

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