This New England-born institution makes the archetypal American dress shoe. Its cordovan-leather lace-ups — with varying degrees of brogueing — and tasseled calfskin loafers are built to last men through their long and prosperous professional careers. More recently, Alden has attracted the attention of a new generation — along with brands like J. Crew — thanks to a renewed interest in classic Americana and quality menswear products. As a result, it has become as common to see Alden’s worn with a pair of A.P.C. jeans as wool dress slacks.