Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 11am-5pm
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.; B, D, F, V at 42nd St.-Bryant Park; 7 at Fifth Ave./Bryant Park
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Back when the Indiana Jones franchise was just a gleam in Stephen Spielberg’s eye, Harrison Ford bought a pair of Alden boots at a department store in California. Years later, Ford insisted on wearing the same pair during the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and so was born the “Indy,” still a popular hiking boot at this men’s leather-footwear shop. Aside from this rugged classic, though, the majority of Alden’s selection is comprised of dressy, comfortable calfskin and shell cordovan (horse-leather) loafers bedecked with a variety of clasps, tassels, and tongue stirrups. The “Foot Balance,” a rubber-soled shoe with extra support, is just one of a long line of orthopedic products that have become hallmarks of the brand’s business. But the numerous Sinatra portraits hanging on the walls reflect the fact that class is just as important as practicality to Alden’s footwear. In fact, Alden makes a specific cordovan-loafer style especially for Brooks Brothers. Racks of argyle and black socks flank the register, and other accessories range from keychain shoehorns and shoe-shine kits in glossy wooden chests to leather watch straps and wallets.