Meet the Makers: Almeda

June 02, 2018

Meet the Makers: Almeda

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have been waiting to feature Almeda since I started the Meet the Makers series. She is truly a one-of-a-kind person to work with. Never once has she greeted me without an ear-to-ear smile. Almeda is an example of just how impressive most of the factory's employees are- she has been with the company for over 30 years and last year she had PERFECT attendance for work. That is literally unheard of, and the wild thing is that she is not the only one who had perfect attendance last year. 

Almeda works in the 1st making department- rotating between cutting and preparing insole and using the clicker to cut uppers. In her spare time, she loves bowling and is a member of a weekly bowling league.

I look forward to highlighting more of these amazing people who I am lucky enough to work with. Thank you for the support!






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Meet the Makers: Bonnie
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Meet the Makers: Bonnie

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Our Story / FAQ

Mark Albert Boots is an independent brand founded in Somerset, Pennsylvania. At Mark Albert, we produce high-quality, American-made leather boots. 

Our journey began when founder, Mark Albert Barbera, began searching for his own pair of Chelsea boots in November of 2015. Mark, a fashion-forward, but penny-conscious college student was discouraged by the lack of quality affordable options on the market. As a designer and entrepreneur, he decided to design his own boot. After pitching his design to a small boot manufacturer in his hometown of Somerset, PA, Mark decided to take his idea to Kickstarter. His campaign was 152% overfunded in September 2016, and from here, Mark Albert Boots was born. 


Founder, Mark Barbera, with our Ladies Classic Chelsea Boot in mid-production

Leather runs in the family 

My Nonno, Joe Barbera, was born in the small town of Fiumedinisi, Sicily in 1895. After serving in WWI and surviving a prisoner of war camp, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1922 and settled in another small town, Rockwood, PA. Here, my Nonno opened up a shoe repair shop. 

In 1939, my Nonno moved his shoe repair shop to nearby Somerset, PA. Here, my grandfather and great-aunt worked with my Nonno in his shop where it was typical to repair at least 30 to 40 pairs of shoes per day. 

My Nonno worked as a cobbler in his shop in Somerset until he was 86 years old. He also passed on many of his techniques to the boot manufacturer that is creating all of the Mark Albert Boots. All of our boots are proudly manufactured here by 54 American workers. 

Leather runs in my blood, and I am incredibly proud that the same craftsmanship that my own Nonno used in his shop is being passed down into every pair of Mark Albert Boots. 

-Mark Albert

Stockists

You can find our boots and shoes at the following locations:

  

Manready Mercantile
321 W 19th Street Suite B

Houston, TX 77008
https://manready.com/  
LE & Chalk
724B Azalea Drive 
Shreveport, Louisiana 71106
https://www.facebook.com/leandchalk/
Huckberry 
https://huckberry.com/store/mark-albert
Ace Rivington
1114 State St #25
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
https://www.acerivington.com/
O.N.S. Clothing
71 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
https://onsclothing.com/

 

 

 

FAQ

What is the return policy?

While we do NOT accept returns, we DO ACCEPT exchanges for other sizes as we want to keep you happy in a pair of Mark Albert's.

What is the shipping rate?

Our standard shipping flat rate is $15 nationwide. If you are an international customer, please inquire about your shipping rate by emailing your address to info@markalbertboots.com.

What are your recommendations for sizing? *important*

Mens: 

For our Classic Chelsea styles: (92 Last)

we recommend that you order one half size down from your standard athletic shoe (i.e. if you wear a size 10 Nike, you should order a size 9.5 Mark Albert) unless you have wide feet. The Classic style is made using a western last, so expect the boots to be snug across the width of your foot, as this is common before being broken in with wear. If you know that you wear E or EE PLEASE add this in the notes at checkout so that we can custom make this sizing. 

For our Derby Shoes, Uptown Boots, Traveller Boots, Engineer Boots, and Trek Chelsea Boots: (60 Last)

These styles are built on our 60 last, a traditional workboot last. We recommend a full size down from your typical athletic shoe size on these, and they will fit wider than our Classic Chelsea Boots. If you typically wear wider than a D then please inquire about custom E and EE sizing.

For our Slip-On Loafer: 

Since these are a slip-on without laces, we recommend a full size down from your typical athletic shoes. They are built on our 60 last, and come in a standard D width. 

For our Appalachian Boot:

We recommend going a full size down compared to your typical athletic shoe sizing as this model comes in a standard E width. 

 

Sizing comparisons (examples):

Nike sz. 10 --> Mark Albert sz. 9 (60 Last)

Nike sz. 10 --> Mark Albert sz. 9.5 (92 Last)

Red Wing Iron Ranger / Moc Toe sz. 10 --> Mark Albert sz. 10 (depending on width)

 

Ladies:

Our ladies styles run true to size. They are slightly narrow, but again, this is made using a western last, meaning that they should be slightly snug in width and will break in with wear. 

Please feel free to email info@markalbertboots.com with any sizing questions!

What is Goodyear Welt Construction and why is it so valuable?

Goodyear welt construction is a method of bootmaking and shoemaking that is highly regarded in the industry as the benchmark for a quality made boot or shoe. It creates a relatively waterproof seal on the boot and most importantly, it allows your boots or shoes to be resoled by a cobbler so that you can wear your favorite Mark Alberts for years to come. 

Most Goodyear Welt boots and shoes cost over $400. 

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