Founder: Charles H. Alden
Year Founded: 1884
America's finest shoe company is Alden. When the company was founded in the late 19th Century, the Northeast was lousy with shoemakers, but today Alden is the only brand standing. Their product exemplifies the traditional American shoe: perhaps a bit staid and conservative relative to its Italian competitors, but finely made and democratically tasteful. Among their many achievements are the iconic boots worn by Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, the Model 405.