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Mark Albert Boots Derby Shoes

Mark Albert Boots Derby Shoes

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Versatile Derbies, Made in Pennsylvania

Mark Albert founded Mark Albert Boots in Somerset, Pennsylvania, inspired by his own search for the perfect pair of Chelsea boots and the work of his grandfather, a cobbler from Sicily. The small company’s legacy shows in these derby shoes, featuring a five-eyelet, lace-up style and the versatility to be dressed up or down. Built on the Vibram Christy sole, they have leather laces, a pigskin leather lining, and a 360-degree Goodyear welt construction that allows them to be resoled. Wear them with socks or without—either way, the comfort insole will keep you feeling good. Part of a limited-run series using overstock leathers from the factory, these shoes are available here in both smooth and roughout colors.

Note: At checkout, you’ll have your choice of color (burgundy bison, cognac, or rust roughout) and size (half sizes from 8 to 12, plus 13).

Mark Albert Boots Derby Shoes
Mark Albert Boots Derby Shoes
Mark Albert Boots Derby Shoes

Model Options

Rust Roughout
Burgundy Bison


  • Mark Albert Boots
  • 360º Goodyear welt construction
  • Pigskin leather lining
  • Comfort insole
  • Vibram Christy sole
  • 5 eyelets
  • Leather laces
  • Made in Pennsylvania, USA


All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Oct 24, 2017 PT.

After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.

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The level of info you give would be fine if you were selling shirts or pants, but with shoes a lot can go wrong. If I walk around in the rain for hours, will they be ruined? Cause blisters? Especially since online we can't inspect or try on the product. If customers are going to risk this new brand over more established options, they need to hear how make sure the basics are done right. If you rely heavily on the factory's expertise for this, we need to hear more about their role than the brief mention you give them. I had spent some time looking at the Kickstarter page and couldn't find any clue in the project description or updates as to how you went about designing and improving the shoes. I was looking for something like, "I talked to the people at the factory and we looked through their old designs from the 1970s" or at least "I was up for 3 days straight with the shoe designing software on my laptop and then sent the results to the factory." There was a lot about you and your "nonna" but that isn't helpful--my grandfather was a dermatologist, but on that basis would you trust me to formulate and manufacture high-end skin care products? There was also a lot about Goodyear welts, but that's not helpful either--customers willing to pay extra for a US-made product have heard the same things already from your direct competitors (Allen Edmunds etc.). Part of the problem is that these shoes are different from your original product. For Chelsea boots it's enough to be stylish and reasonably well made, but for this type of footwear the expectations for practical usability will be higher. Again, I want to like this brand, and just feel like some key info is missing.