Wingtips are *great*. I don't know why the ones AE is carrying right now are so awful though. You basically have three options and they all suck. 1 has a piece of leather at the heel that stretches straight all the way to the front (very ugly), the second has the leather at the heel colliding with the leather from the wing tip in the front itself. The third just suggests a wingtip through perforations on a smooth vamp. ick. What happened to the regular wing tips, where the leather at the heel curves gracefully and terminates at the sole? -boston
There's no debating tastes, I guess. When you say, "The third just suggests a wingtip through perforations on a smooth vamp," I presume you are referring to the Fairfax. I wouldn't call that a wingtip--it's a wholecut with decorative broguing. As to A-E's true wingtips, there are actually four: The Broadstreet spectator, the Chester, the MacNeil and the new Birmingham. The Chester impresses me as a very classic, traditional wingtip. I have never been interested in it simply because I don't like the #3 last on which it is built. (Also, it is only offered in black; I neither need nor want any more black shoes.) The MacNeil in burgundy cordovan I think is a very handsome shoe--a classic "long wingtip." I do think it looks a trifle "old mann-ish," but, hey, I am an old man, so I might pick up a pair in the unlikely event I feel extra-flush sometime. The Birmingham in chili is, I think, a gorgeous shoe, and I mean to possess a pair at the next outlet sale unless I am reduced to absolute pauperdom before then or I have cashed in my chips. Some have lamented the absence of a toe medallion on the Birmingham, but that bothers me not at all.