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Alden 986 Leisure Handsewn - Color 8 Shell Cordovan


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The classic leisure moc, Alden 986, is carefully handsewn, enhancing the character of Alden classics, oxfords, and slip-ons. Like many of our Alden shoes, including our Alden oxfords and Alden shell cordovans, this loafer is made with high-quality materials and has an outstanding reputation.

History of the Alden 986

Alden 986 Color 8 loafers use the centuries-old method of hand finishing and pure vegetable tanning, making them quite the pick for footwear. The single tannery still making genuine shell cordovan today is indeed practicing a rare art, as it takes six months to complete and creates leather that is soft, supple, yet very durable.

Another hallmark of this shoe is the Goodyear welt, which stitches the insole to the shoe's upper part for added durability and quality.

Alden 986 leisure handsewn loafers carry a tempered steel shank, which is triple ribbed and precisely contoured for extra strength, and full leather lining from a special stock of supple glove and smooth glazed linings. The shank is truly the backbone of a fine welt shoe or boot. It delivers the support and shape you need for comfort throughout the day.

Oak-tanned leather bends are cut into outsoles at the factory for maximum quality control. Shoe Mart is proud to offer the Alden 986 Shell Cordovan model, crafted with good looks and the integrity of fine shoemaking.

Frequently Asked Questions About Alden 986 Loafers

As the go-to choice for Alden 986 loafers, The Shoe Mart has the answers you're looking for. Review the questions below for the information you need.

Are Alden 986 Loafers True to Size?

Alden 986 loafers fit true to size. See our Alden Fit Guide for details on ensuring the perfect fit.

How Should I Break In My Alden 986 Leisure Handsewn Shoes?

Use "Mac's Break-in Procedure" — wear your Alden 986 leisure handsewn shoes on a carpet for three days for at least one hour to ensure a comfortable fit.

Why Are Alden 986 Shoes So Expensive?

Even though Alden 986 shoes use the same leather as you'll find in more affordable footwear, the cost reflects that it's handmade in the U.S. with superior craftsmanship and incredible arch support. Considering the long life of the Alden 986, its cost-per-wear is quite reasonable. The Shoe Mart provides a Price Match Guarantee for shoes purchased through its website to help ensure the best price possible for your loafers.

Purchase Alden 986 Loafers From The Shoe Mart

When you order Alden 986 loafers from The Shoe Mart, you know you're getting the best in price, quality, comfort, and durability. We're a trusted source for numerous Alden shoes, including the 986. Purchase yours today and make a special addition to your wardrobe.

Product Features
Shell Cordovan
Leisure Handsewn Shell Cordovan
Color 8
Leather Sole

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If you are not 100% satisfied with one of our products, you may return it within 90 days of your purchase for a refund or store credit.

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Otherwise, the cost of shipping is the responsibility of the customer and is calculated using our discounted shipping rates.

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  • No signs of wear (i.e. flexing, creasing, scuffs, marked outsoles, etc.)
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  • Ship in shipping box. (Please don’t use shoe box for shipping)


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does a return take?
    • Returns are usually refunded in 3-4 days upon receipt in our warehouse.
  • Are returns free?
    • Yes, as long as you select store credit when you request your return.
  • Can I change to a refund after selecting store credit?
    • Unfortunately, no this cannot be done. Once we issue you a free return label this process cannot be undone and the return must be processed as a store credit.
  • How much will my return cost if I don't want store credit?
    • The shipping cost will be calculated when you request your return.  Our discounted rates are used to ensure you pay a fair price.
  • Do you offer exchanges instead of a refund?
    • Yes!  When requesting your return, select store credit.  Use your store credit on a new purchase.
  • If I paid for faster shipping will that also be refunded?
    • No, unfortunately any outbound shipping charges cannot be refunded.
  • Are returns still easy if I don't have a printer?
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