Brooks Brothers X Alden Shell Cordovan: The Break Up

This is a good news/bad news story.

Let’s start with the bad news.  Brooks Brothers and Alden have broken up.  For as long as I can remember, Alden has been producing shell cordovan loafers for Brooks Brothers.  The iconic tassel loafers and low vamp dressier loafers – both in black and #8 Shell Cordovan – are fantastic, and could usually be gotten with a nice coupon once or twice a year.  What hurts are the unlined LHS penny loafers.  So long, folks.  These are some of the coolest loafers ever produced, and broke in like a dream.  I’ve own some in the past, and hated that I got rid of them.

The good news, is that all the Brooks Brothers X Alden shell cordovan loafers are on sale – serious sale – at Brooks Brothers.  25% off retail, which in the grand scheme of the shell cordovan universe, is quite a bit.  What’s even better?  All sizes are still available.  If you’ve ever been on the fence about getting a pair of these, now is the time, because you’ll NEVER get the unlined version again.

Hurry, folks…



  1. Scott
    03/10/2019 / 8:41 PM

    Use code BC1818 and knock off another 15%

  2. ILC
    03/10/2019 / 9:15 PM

    That coupon code doesn’t take anything extra off…

    • ILC
      03/10/2019 / 9:18 PM

      It does actually just not in the app-good looking out 

  3. Duncan
    03/11/2019 / 8:46 PM

    Thank you for the heads up.  I’ve been meaning to get a new pair as Alden rejected my last pair after several restorations.  Time to take action 

  4. M
    03/12/2019 / 5:12 PM

    How can we recognize that the shoes are made by Alden? If the pair was made of cordvan, it automatically means that one is made by Alden? I’m asking this because I was told by BB’s staff that Alden no longer provides shoes to BB. It was a few weeks ago. If that is true, the ones sold in BB’s website are not made by Alden?

  5. A
    03/13/2019 / 5:38 PM

    Are they gone? The links don’t seem to work

    • RWK
      03/14/2019 / 9:01 AM

      Some are still available, but they’ve pulled the stock form their website. I spoke with two employees yesterday, who can track an item down if you have the item number. Good luck finding it. I was able to pull a few from google search results, which are still cacheting pages from the BB website from a few days ago. Rumor has it that they might be liquidating these at a few of their outlet stores. 

      • A
        03/14/2019 / 11:14 PM

        Thanks! I was able to get a pair today.

        • C
          03/14/2019 / 11:58 PM

          Hey A, were you able to place an order online? Or did you place it over the phone? Were you able to use the BC1818 15% code too? Thanks

          • A
            03/18/2019 / 11:57 AM

            Unfortunately I wasn’t. I bought them in person so I was unable to use the code. Still 25% off.

  6. Terry
    03/23/2019 / 1:59 PM

    They’re Back.  Ordered a pair today on app and was able to use code BC1818.

  7. Brian
    03/31/2019 / 8:46 PM

    Just got mine in the mail. Fit well everywhere but a little snug around the instep with socks. Does cordovan relax at all? Thanks

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