Ted Baker Alador Review

8.9
8.9 score
[Editors rating (8.9)] = (WalkJogRun) score (8.9)/10


0
Editor rating: 8.9 / 10
User's rating: based on 0 user ratings
1 star
0%
2 star
0%
3 star
0%
4 star
0%
5 star
0%
Add your Rating

Every man should have a pair of modern slip-on sneakers in his closet. It’s also good to have a pair of shoes you can run to in the event of a spontaneous rendezvous of any sort. Casual to formal, and anything in between is appropriate for the Ted Baker Alador. Wear them around the house or to the office. Take the dog for a walk or go out to dinner.

The material used for the upper of this shoe is a combination of smooth suede and embossed leather. The colored, striped elastic goring will give you a comfortable, secure fit. The colors on the heel and collar and the patterned insole help you tie in all of your accessories and clothing.

The lining is a soft textile material that will provide insulation without causing you to sweat. The insole is contoured and cushioned and features original Ted Baker artwork and a branding stamp. The sole has panels of geometric shapes in blue and is made of durable rubber. There is branding on the sole and the heel.

This shoe is offered in grey and sizes seven through thirteen. Sizes include whole, half, and medium. There is not currently an option for narrow or wide width. If ordering a size up or down typically works for your narrow or wide feet, you’re more than welcome to try that. However, if it doesn’t, you may want to look into a different pair of sneakers.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Casual yet versatile
  • Comfortable
  • Quality materials
  • Trusted brand
  • Slip-on design
Cons
  • No narrow/wide sizes
  • Slightly expensive
Brand

Brand

It was a fishing trip in 1987 that led Ted Baker to the idea of beginning his very own global brand. This idea was inspired by the environment around him. Ted didn’t waste any time bringing this idea to reality. The first Ted Baker store opened its doors in Glasgow, Scotland in 1988. The company was purchased outright by Goldberg and Sons in 1990. By 1993, stores were popping up in Nottingham, London, and Soho. That was also the year that saw the company become privately owned.

In 1995, Ted Baker Woman and Ted Baker Lite were brought to the table. Wholesale got off to a running start in the United States in 1996. Another new line called Teddy Boy was launched that year. In 1998, Ted Baker finally joined the world wide web when a website was created. The first standalone Ted Baker store in America was in New York City. 1998 also saw the unveiling of the Skinwear and Underwear lines.

The Teddy Girl and Footwear lines finally came out in 2000. Eyewear and Sunglasses followed in 2001. Australia and New Zealand welcomed Ted in 2004. The Qantas Socceroos suit for the World Cup was officially supplied by Ted Baker in 2006. And in 2007, Ted yet again broadened its horizons by introducing a jewelry line as well as a couple of mobiles phones. The phones were named The Button and The Needle.
Style

Style

There’s always been an appeal to the ease of slip-on shoes. No bending down to tie and untie. No having to constantly adjust the tongue when it slips down the side of your foot mid-step. With slip-on shoes, you just have to literally slip them on and go about your day. It’s perfect for those who have trouble bending over or squatting. Or those who simply want the convenience or appearance. Whatever your reason, slip-on sneakers are a must have in any wardrobe.

Slip-on shoes began with the purpose of being worn around the house and have evolved to become extremely versatile with many different styles available. Today’s slip-on shoes have thicker soles and are built to be more durable because they’re leaving the house more and more often.

You can, of course, still wear them as a house shoe. But you can also take them on your daily walks or on a date or to the office. The possibilities are virtually endless. You just won’t want to take them on any dangerous hikes in the woods, considering that they aren’t built for rugged terrain and harsh weather conditions.
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Alador sneaker is a combination of smooth suede and embossed leather. What it means for the leather to be embossed is that the leather has been altered. To emboss is to produce raised patterns by pressing, stamping, or rolling the animal hide. When you emboss leather, you can either do it to selected areas or to the entire surface of the skin. The embossment on the leather of the Alador covers the entire piece of leather. The pattern is tiny diamonds or squares.

There are many benefits to having both suede and leather as your upper material. The leather will be more resistant to stains, abrasions, and punctures, which is why it is featured at the front of the shoe. That is where most protection is needed. The beautifully smooth suede is used in the heel of the shoe and adds the perfect pop of contrasting material to pull the entire shoe together.

Both materials will provide you with comfort, durability, and breathability for years to come. So long as you take care of them properly.
Lining & Footbed

Lining & Footbed

The lining and footbed are important because they make up the internal environment that your foot has to live in all day. What you’re looking for is an environment that provides cushion, support, and airflow. Your feet can’t be happy feet if they’re uncomfortable and sloshing around in a puddle of sweat.

The lining of the Alador is a soft textile material. Textile is lightweight, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good for insulation. There is a layer of air that is in between the fibers in the textile and this gives the material its insulating effect. This insulation isn’t so much that it causes your feet to sweat, though, especially with the leather and suede upper assisting with ventilation.

The footbed includes an insole that is cushioned and contoured so that it will conform to the shape of your foot, providing you with a customized, secure fit. It also features original Ted Baker artwork and a branding stamp. The cushioning is super important, especially if you experience any kind of foot pain related to your arches.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of your shoe is the most important part when it comes to providing you with protection from the environment. If you have a decent sole, it should be able to protect you from moisture, punctures, and abrasions. It should be able to protect you from trips, slips, and falls as much as possible too. It is the part of your shoe that comes in constant contact with the ground and therefore needs to be able to stand up to the wear and tear.

The best material for the job is rubber. Rubber is naturally waterproof so as long as you’re not in water deeper than the sole of these sneakers, you’ll be safe there. It is also durable and sturdy, providing you with long-lasting comfort and support. The flexibility will also help with comfort. Rubber has great shock absorption as well, which will help to save your feet, ankles, legs, and back from unnecessary pain, discomfort, and fatigue.
Comfort

Comfort

Whether you plan to wear these sneakers for five minutes or five hours, you can expect to stay comfortable all along. I mean, we should always be able to expect that out of our footwear, but it’s just not plausible. This sneaker works from top to bottom to keep you going without pain or discomfort.

The top of the shoe ends just below the ankle, leaving it free for optimal range of motion. Some people say that shoes that cover their ankles make them feel restricted which is uncomfortable to them. It’s all up to personal preference as far as that goes.

The leather and suede upper will stretch and conform to the shape of your feet over time, meaning that you’ll start out comfortable and just keep getting more and more so as time goes on. How great is that? They’ll also work to keep your feet dry and cool by absorbing moisture and expelling it as vapor.

The soft lining and cushioned footbed will provide you with airflow and support and a customized feel. The flexible, durable, sturdy sole will be the foundation that allows all of the other pieces to work together to be as comfortable as possible.
Fit

Fit

Nothing else about a shoe matters if the fit isn’t right. It is not worth suffering through a day in pain in order to impress anybody with your footwear. Shop until you find the shoe that feels good as soon as you put it on, or can be made to feel better with adjustments.

The Alador does not have the option for adjustments. There are two goring panels on the upper that will provide some give so that it is easier to slide them on and off, and it will move more naturally with your feet. Slip-on footwear is the perfect fit for a lot of people. That’s why they’re so popular even without adjustment options.

If you buy the right size, they will provide you with the perfect balance between snug and forgiving for optimal comfort. The collar is slightly padded which will also provide some support for a more secure fit. They come in sizes seven through thirteen and that even includes half sizes! The only width available is medium, so that is something to consider if you have narrow or wide feet.
Durability

Durability

Whether you plan to wear these shoes often or once every few years, you still want to make sure you’re spending your hard earned money on a pair of sneakers that are going to last. The most durable materials for the upper are leather and materials that come from leather, such as suede. Luckily for you, the Alador is constructed with both leather and suede. As far as soles, rubber is the top choice, besides leather. The sole on this sneaker is rubber.

When properly cared for, leather and suede can live well over twenty years. When not cared for, they expire rather rapidly, depending on the level of wear and tear they are exposed to. You’ll want to be sure to invest in leather and suede cleaner and a soft brush so that you have the proper tools. You’re also going to want to adopt a spot-clean routine every time you wear them as well as a deep clean routine to get the dirt and debris stuck in the material.

Rubber is also a durable material and is very easy to clean. You can use soap, water, and whatever kind of brush you want. The material is a lot harder to damage in that way. However, unlike leather, when rubber does obtain an imperfection, it is not easily repaired or replaced. So you do still want to be careful of rugged terrain.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

To some, the price tag on the Alador may seem steep; to others, it may be a bargain. For any man from any walk of life, it is worth the price to own a pair of quality slip-on shoes that you can turn to for any occasion that pops up on your calendar. You can wear them to the coffee shop or to a wedding and anywhere in between.

Since the upper is leather and suede, you can opt to treat them with a waterproofing spray. This will inhibit the breathability of the shoe, but only slightly. It will help when you’re in water that rises above the sole of your shoe though. It depends on what you plan to do and where you plan to go. Perhaps keep a pair of waterproof shoes in the car for emergencies.

The Alador is going to provide you with style, grace, and everything your feet desire in a shoe. They’re going to give you stability, support, durability, flexibility, comfort, a contoured fit, and incredible versatility.