Longwings are an american classic . I like both wingtips and longwings, but given a choice I'd pick longwings over wingtips. It is no secret that I like gunboats and the longwing design (with a storm welt, double leather soles) goes well with my idea of a sturdy shoe. I probably have more longwings in my closet than any other design.
Most people here think aldens are clunky, but the alden longwing #975 is a very pleasing design.