Alden Genuine Shell Cordovan, Dress & Casual Shoes and Workboots. The Alden Shoe Company was founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Massachusetts. Alden has manufactured superior shoes for over 120 years and is dedicated to the highest standards in men's shoe-making. Top Grade upper leathers are selected from the finest tanneries in the world. Rich, aniline calfskins, luxurious calf and kid suedes, and genuine shell cordovans are all hand stained and polished to the classic patina that is the hallmark of the custom bootmaker's art.