So you could absolutely go wild and spend like $675 on a pair of boots with excessive brogueing or some Sacai x Nike Waffle Trainers or something, but you could also be incredibly sensible and just buy these Kafka Mercantile x Alden M8402 Mil Specs and wear them for 10 years and work that cost-per-wear down to pennies.
As per usual, these were made in Massachusetts at Alden’s renowned factory, and they were done so with a snuff suede upper, a natural leather Goodyear welt, six eyelets, flat laces and an E width, and that all sits atop the Alden x Goodyear 2060 outsole.
As not per usual, however, these were built on the 379X WWII Military Last, which is crazy uncommon. Like, there are probably other shoes built on this last in the wild, but I’m certainly not aware of any. For those who like reference points, they kind of have a boondocker/service boot vibe, but also not all the way.
For those who just like solid footwear, however, it’s hard to imagine regretting these.
Available for £545 (~$672 USD) exclusively at Kafka Mercantile.