Alder vs Alder II
Of all the questions we get asked by customers, one of the most frequent of all is, "What is the difference between Alder and Alder ll?" We'd like to highlight the key differences between one of our most popular styles, the Alder.
Four Main Components
The main differences between our Alder and Alder ll can be found within four main components of the shoes: the stitching, the laces, the sole, and the welt.
The toe cap stitching difference between Alder and Alder ll are slight, but significant. The original Alder has a seamless folded-over cap toe, while the Alder ll has a toe cap with partial stitching.
Even laces make a styling difference! While the Alder is fashioned with round laces, the Alder ll comes with flat laces.
The sole of a shoe can change its functionality more than one might think. While both styles feature an all natural rubber midsole, the key difference lies within its heel. Alder features a half rubber, half stacked leather heel. The Alder II features a stacked leather heel with an all-rubber heel cover.
In some ways, the sole of the Alder can be considered more polished and dressier, while the Alder II has a more utilitarian look, with its full rubber heel adding extra durability.
One of the biggest and most noticeable differences between Alder and Alder ll is the 3/4 Storm Welt. While both styles are Good Year welted, the Alder has a flat Storm Welt and the Alder II has a more traditional Storm Welt with a rivet.
Available in Smaller Sizes!
Being that they were in such high demand, we knew we had to expand the size range for our Alders. So, we created Vermont - everything you love about the original Alder, but in more sizes fit for both men and women.
The only difference between Alder and Vermont is the sole: Vermont has a full rubber heel, similar to Alder ll. In addition, the Vermont is designed with a lower toe spring (ie the distance between ground and sole) to give it a dressier look.
Something for Everyone
Whether you're rockin' Alder, Alder ll, or Vermont, you can be styling in comfort knowing each of our shoes are made with the same dedication and care as the next. At the end of the day, the best choice between each style is up to you, depending on one's own preference of style and design - neither is better than the other.
Be sure to also check out all the colors available in Alder!