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High-quality, affordable, classic Chelsea boots made in the USA. Handcrafted using the same process since 1948.
High-quality, affordable, classic Chelsea boots made in the USA. Handcrafted using the same process since 1948.
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The American-Made Chelsea Boot by Mark Albert

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Why Mark Albert Boots?

Long-Lasting: Our boots are created with a Goodyear Welt Construction. What does this mean? Although it is more expensive and time-consuming, this highly-regarded and centuries-old process enables the soles to be easily resoled and establishes a virtually waterproof seal so you can enjoy your boots beyond the season you bought them.  

American-Made: Each Mark Albert Boot is handcrafted in Somerset, Pennsylvania, a town so small that Kickstarter's location services could not even recognize it. When you invest in a pair of Mark Albert Boots, you are investing in the craftsmanship of a small American company and 54 American workers who have been using the same process to create boots since 1948. 

Versatile: You don't need to be a fashionista or pop-icon to pull-off the chelsea boot. Our boots were specifically designed with versatility in mind. The timeless design of the Chelsea Boot provides a wear-with-anything style. With your choice of either Derby Beige Suede or Dakota Brown Full-Grain Leather, there's a style for everyone's taste. 

Affordable: We understand wanting high-quality and style that doesn't break the bank. That's why we've spent hours crunching numbers and decreasing profit-margins to bring quality to you at an unbeatable price. No other boot on the market that touts the kind of craftsmanship of Mark Albert Boots even comes close to our affordable price-tag. Just google Goodyear Welt boot and you'll see...

  

 

Our Mens and Ladies Chelsea Boots offered in Derby Beige Suede or Dakota Brown Full-Grain Leather
Our Mens and Ladies Chelsea Boots offered in Derby Beige Suede or Dakota Brown Full-Grain Leather

 

Showed here is our Mens Dakota Brown Chelsea Boot
Showed here is our Mens Dakota Brown Chelsea Boot

 

Hi Kickstarter. I’m Mark and this is my story… 

I’m a fashion-forward, but penny-conscious college student and entrepreneur. My passion for quality leather footwear runs in my blood. I’m the proud great-grandson of an Italian cobbler, and shoes have always fascinated me. In just 6th grade, I began customizing shoes for myself and my friends shoes. In high school, I taught myself the art of leather shoe restoration. When a more mature style propelled me to seek out the chelsea boot, I was discouraged by the lack of quality affordable options on the market. After searching site after site and store after store, I had hit a wall: I just could not find a chelsea boot that was high-quality and fashionable at an affordable price. I decided right then and there that if there was not a great boot option out there then I was going to design my own, and even better, it was going to be American-made. In my small town, there is a small boot manufacturer who has valued the process of a well-made American boot for over 65 years. One year of designs, prototypes, coffee and self-funded hard work, I can assure you that these boots will pass on the same tradition of craftsmanship at a fraction of the price that you will pay for a competitive boot on the market. Thank you for supporting my American dream.

 

Sincerely, Mark Barbera, Creator of Mark Albert Boots
Sincerely, Mark Barbera, Creator of Mark Albert Boots

 

 

It is often easy to overlook the meticulous process of creating a high-quality, American-made boot in a world where instant gratification and low-quality foreign manufacturing have become the norm. At Mark Albert boots, we're rejecting this negative cycle. Each Mark Albert Boot is proudly hand-crafted in Somerset, Pennsylvania, and we are confident that you'll notice and enjoy the difference. 

Located in the Appalachian Mountain chain, not far from the highest point in the state, Somerset has a rich history of hard-working people in the farming, coal, and manufacturing industries. When you invest in a pair of Mark Albert Boots, you are investing in the craftsmanship of a small business and 54 American workers who have been using the same process to create boots since 1948.  

Over 100 steps are taken to make every single Mark Albert American Chelsea boot. One of the most important steps involved is the Goodyear welt construction, a centuries old process that creates a nearly waterproof seal and allows the boots to be easily resoled. Every boot has a 100% genuine leather sole and a beautiful stacked leather heel. This sturdy bottom is coupled with a suede or full-grain leather upper for an unparalleled style and quality. Mark Albert boots are no downgrade from designer quality at an affordable price.

A worker carefully shaping the sole of a Mark Albert Boot. The margin for error in this process is extremely slim.
A worker carefully shaping the sole of a Mark Albert Boot. The margin for error in this process is extremely slim.

 

The Chelsea Boot design dates back to Queen Victoria, in 1851, and has been a staple in Europe ever since. Fast forward to today and the Chelsea Boot is quickly becoming a regular on the American runway. It is the perfect juxtaposition of fashion meets function. Chelsea Boots can be paired with any style at any age. 

Although the Chelsea Boot may seem new to the American shores, its roots are entwined with American history. Charles Goodyear, the American inventor, who created vulcanized rubber sparked Queen Victoria’s bootmaker to introduce the Chelsea Boot design all the way back in 1851. Chelsea Boots have been considered a fashion staple for over 100 years, an incredible feat in the fast-paced fashion realm.

This timeless design with a modern twist meets American craftsmanship once again in the American-made Mark Albert Chelsea Boot. 

 

 

Thank you for your patience in supporting this project
Thank you for your patience in supporting this project

 

 

 

                      

 

                      

 

     

 

  

 

Risks and challenges

I started this project with empty pockets and able hands. Up to this point, the prototypes, web-design, photography and promotion has been self-funded by the earnings from my landscaping job. I have quite literally been breaking my back for this to succeed. Long days and longer nights must equal success, right?

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