Category: Shop Talk


April 26, 2017

Bar Leather Apron (BLA)

A lot has happened in the first year of business for our owner Tom’s bar, Bar Leather Apron. BLA has been featured in National and International magazines and even landing on Playboy Magazines Best Bars of 2016 Top Ten list and’s 2017 Drink Here Now list of the top 263 bars in the world.

Our first Leather Soul x Bar Leather Apron x Alden collaboration was a great success. Look for the BLA02 arriving shortly.

Categories: Shop Talk

BLA01 Before and After

The concept behind the Alden BLA01 shoe was to create a classic shoe that was comfortable to be on your feet all night long. The plain toe style was chosen to show “bar wear” so that ultimately we could polish it back and gain a unique “bar patina.” Here we present BLA Bartender, Art’s pair, pictured before with months of hard wear, and after with a polish by Will. We’re so happy with this first collaboration and hope you enjoyed it as well.

Categories: Shop Talk

Back in Five – Unboxing

The Levah, by John Lobb, has been on the radar ever since it was introduced by the Northampton icon. The market is filled with minimalist sneakers, and how is John Lobb going to separate the Levah from what’s available? My first impression of the Levah is the details. The luxe suede, leather cap, and fully lined leather footbed are nice. The side view is simple, but the top view reveals its unique shape.

The Levah is available in dusk (midnight) suede, stone (tan) suede, and chalk velveteen calf for $670. Made in Italy. We did not order a run of these because we wanted to give them a test run, but we will be more than happy to help you place a special order.

I’ll update you in a few months to see how the Levah “ages”.

Categories: Casual Shoes, John Lobb, Shop Talk


August 26, 2015

Alden FD’s at LSDT

Downtown has just received some Alden FD’s. The limited selection is only available in-store in a variation of styles from 6.5 – 10 US. The FD (factory defect) is essentially a factory second that did not meet Alden’s quality standard, and they are offered at a discounted price. This is a great opportunity to buy your 1st Alden or add a weekday warrior to your rotation. Stop by Leather Soul Downtown and see what’s available in your size.

Categories: Alden, Shop Talk


July 12, 2015

Alden Trunk Show at LSDT

Please join us as we welcome Steve Reinhart from Alden Shoe Company to Hawaii on Thursday July 16. Steve will be presenting the full line of Alden stock shoes and will be on hand all day at Leather Soul Downtown to “talk story” as we say in Hawaii.

For more information please contact Justin at or (808)523-7700.

All purchases/special orders that day will receive free shoe trees and a special gift.

Alden Trunk Show at LSDT
119 Merchant Street
Thursday, July 16

10:00am – 4:00pm

Categories: Shop Talk