a little background on me: i was indiana jones for halloween from the ages of 8 to 14. that’s 6 years of indiana jones. i was obsessed as a child. while most kids were watching looney tunes and the little mermaid, i was outside with my fedora whipping tress and neighbors. it was a fairly easy halloween costume. all you needed was a leather jacket, hat, khakis, and whip (i’ll see if i can’t get a picture from my parents at some point). the only thing missing from my costume was boots. how was i supposed to know what indy boots were when there was no internet.
a couple of years ago when i found men’s style blogs, i found out that there were actually boots named after indiana jones. rumor has it harrison ford bought these boots from a store in la when he was a carpenter. ford had a lot of trouble finding shoes and boots that feet his feet and the owner of store fritz fit him in alden 405s. when the time came to shoot raiders of the lost ark, ford insisted that he wear the 405s instead of the red wing 1905s that the costume designer had purchased for him. awesome story.
i went to new york last april determined to buy a pair for myself. we went to the alden store on sunday and i chickened out. the shoe salesmen was a little pushy and insisted the 8.5 fit me without a) being me and b) knowing how my feet felt inside the shoe. i figured i’d do better on my own. i’m headed back to nyc in january. i’m not leaving without them this time.