Ted Baker Alador Review
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.
- Casual yet versatile
- Quality materials
- Trusted brand
- Slip-on design
- No narrow/wide sizes
- Slightly expensive
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.