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.