Our Story / FAQ – Mark Albert Boots

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 our 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


What is the return policy?

Returns are accepted within 15 days after receipt as long as the boots are not worn (i.e. no marks on the leather soles, etc). While we do accept returns, we prefer 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 $10 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: Our Mens boots run slightly larger than most athletic shoes. For our Classic styles, 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). 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. Our suede boots will break in with the first wear and our full grain leather boots will break in with usually a week of wear. Our Trek boots run slightly wider, so we recommend ordering a half size down to a full size down depending on the width of your foot. 

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 well over $300.