Alden + Context Tanker Boot Black Shell Cordovan


Alden Shoe Company began manufacturing gentleman's footwear back in 1884 and today represents the finest in authentic American hand-craftsmanship.  Over time, Alden developed a number of lasts, or forms in the shape of a foot which the leather is stretched over to make the shoe.  The Tanker Boot is made on the Barrie last which was supplied to the US military from WWI through WWII.  The Mock and Norwegian skin stitch toe detail is done completely by hand (Alden is the only American shoemaker skin stitching by hand) using two needles and two threads- no more than 6 boots are completed per day.  This Alden + Context Tanker Boot upper is made from Horween's Genuine Color 8 Shell Cordovan, widely considered to be the ultimate leather for shoemaking.  The leather insole is made of flexible leather of pure vegetable tan.  Unsurpassed for breathable comfort and long wear, it assumes over time the contours of your foot shape giving a truly custom quality to the fit. 

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Made to Alden of New England Standards
Veg. Tanned Glove Leather Liner
360 degree Reverse Goodyear Welt
Flat Waxed Cotton laces
Low Profile Commando Sole
Triple-Ridged Steel Shank
At the request of the company, Alden shoes are available for shipment within the U.S. only. We encourage you to call or email us with any special shipping requests you may have. We will do our best to accommodate you.

The Barrie Last is about 1/2 size larger than regular U.S. size (e.g. U.S. size 10 = Barrie Lasts size 9 1/2). While the boot will soften and take the shape of your foot with wear, we do not recommend buying these boots expecting stretch. If between sizes we recommend erring toward the larger size. Horween's Shell Cordovan is a leather of extraordinary quality and durability that with proper care will develop a beautiful patina that improves over time. A very versatile color, #8 can be worn when either black or brown shoes would be called for. We encourage you to call or email us with questions about fit or boot specs.

Domestic United States
UPS Ground • Free (Orders over $100)
UPS Ground • $20 (Orders under $100)
UPS 2nd Day Air • $45
UPS Next Day Air Saver • $75

USPS Priority Mail International • $45
USPS Priority Express Mail • $65

USPS Priority Mail International • $60
USPS Priority Express Mail • $75

Apparel and accessories can be returned for exchange or store credit.
Full priced footwear and eyewear that conforms to our return criteria can be returned for exchange, store credit or full refund.
See our Service page for complete shipping and returns policy details.


CONTEXT accepts returns of regularly priced merchandise for exchange or store credit. Returns must be postmarked within 10 days of delivery. Prep, grooming and underwear are final sale. Items discounted up to 50% can be returned for store credit only. All sales of items discounted more than 50% are final. Returned items must be undamaged, unaltered, unworn and must include all original packaging with tags attached. Eyewear purchased at regular price may be returned for exchange, store credit or full refund. Footwear purchased at regular price may be returned for exchange, store credit or full refund. Due to the extremely limited nature of this product returns will only be accepted on merchandise that is in new condition. When trying on footwear do so on a carpeted surface and in a stationary manner. Take no steps until you are sure you have the correct size. Creasing or scuffing of any kind on the upper or outsole will render the boot ineligible for return. Context is not responsible for unauthorized returns. Context is happy to honor mark downs on any product ordered within 7 days of purchase. 

We understand that buying online can be tricky, so we encourage you to call us at 608 250 0113 or email us at We will help you get the right fit.