Blackbird and famed custom bootmakers Alden of New England release a special series of saddle shoes inspired by Seattle historical figure, Frank Osgood and his horse drawn and electrical streetcars. Alden has been making shoes since 1884 with a keen eye to detail and an emphasis on quality. Frank Osgood serves as the inspiration to this series based on his contributions to the city of Seattle, helping it become a more modernized city. Frank is also widely credited with dramatically changing the citys street culture, helping Seattle’s working men keep their shoes clean through daily activities that included going to work and taking picnics at Lake Washington due to the addition of trolleys to the city. The Leschi Picnic Saddle Oxford is named for the popular Seattle park which marked the end of the line for the city’s original cable car. The park has provided picturesque views and lighthearted memories for generations of Seattlites, features contrasting suede and smooth calf leathers in navy and black, and the same smart brass eyelets and classic saddle shoe shape as its brother, the Hayburner Saddle Shoe. The craftmanship for the shoe is seen in in the use of premium black city calf leather and snuff calf suede. The outsole of the shoe features durable, water-resistant single Waterloc outsole with the insole featuring vegetable tanned leather insoles with the “Made expressly for Blackbird” heel pod. Take a look at the shoe in the photos below and make sure you visit Blackbird to pick up a pair.