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Alden for Epaulet Blackjack Plain Toe Boots

The good men and women of Epaulet in New York are back at it with another Alden makeup. This one is a completely blacked-out plain toe boot made in Alden’s Ebony Lady calfskin with a commando rubber outsole.

Pairing calfskin with a lug sole may seem like a contradiction in formality, but the Ebony Lady is a tumbled lady calf with a matte finish so it’s more stain and abrasion resistant than typical calfskin. Match that with an all-black midsole and ditch the speed hooks and the whole package screams tactical. The boot comes on Alden’s liberally fitting Barrie last, which means you’ll need to size down by at least a half from your typical Brannock size.

The price, however, is no cheaper than the rest of Alden’s offerings, so you may have to win a few hands of Blackjack to afford the $575 list. Available exclusively at Epaulet.