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Putting in an order for my next pair of Aldens on Saturday. (I'm an E width, so no special make ups or instant gratification for me...) I'm going with the unlined suede chukka, but can't decide on sand or snuff suede. I like the snuff suede better, but think it might be easier to wear the sand suede year-round. What are your experiences? What kind of belt do you wear with the snuff suede?

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Originally Posted by Therendition View Post

Out of curiosity, what's the general consensus on LWB vs. SWB?

I prefer the shortwing, but I see way more longwings here.

I like both and generally see the SWB as a more formal style (I have not figured out why this is so). The LWB seems a more casual look. If I understand correctly the SWB is a classic European style while the LWB is the more casual American equivalent.
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Just curious - have you guys encountered the term "shortwing" outside of the world of Alden? I always thought the dichotomy was between a "wingtip" and a "longwing" with either pattern being available in blucher or balmoral style. For example, RL calls its Marlow bluchers "wingtips," not shortwings.

EDIT - however, to most people, longwings seem to qualify as "wingtips" due to the brogueing pattern, so if that is the case, then it would make sense to say both longwings and "shortwings" are a subset of "wingtips"
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Finally wore my #4's today. Creases formed pretty well, really wish they made this boot in an E width though

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Finally wore my #4's today. Creases formed pretty well, really wish they made this boot in an E width though
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looking good! enjoy wearing
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Originally Posted by Alcibiades View Post

Just curious - have you guys encountered the term "shortwing" outside of the world of Alden? I always thought the dichotomy was between a "wingtip" and a "longwing" with either pattern being available in blucher or balmoral style. For example, RL calls its Marlow bluchers "wingtips," not shortwings.

EDIT - however, to most people, longwings seem to qualify as "wingtips" due to the brogueing pattern, so if that is the case, then it would make sense to say both longwings and "shortwings" are a subset of "wingtips"


I suspect that in the Alden world, you hear longwing/shortwing more since the Alden longwing is their signature wingtip style so that
the shortwing nomenclature is also used.

"Wingtip" is the most general nomenclature for the scallopy pattern on the toe.
There are also wingtips with no brogueing.
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Originally Posted by warrenjl1 View Post

Putting in an order for my next pair of Aldens on Saturday. (I'm an E width, so no special make ups or instant gratification for me...) I'm going with the unlined suede chukka, but can't decide on sand or snuff suede. I like the snuff suede better, but think it might be easier to wear the sand suede year-round. What are your experiences? What kind of belt do you wear with the snuff suede?


No offense but I am not a big fan of the snuff suede, and love the sand.  The snuff is just a bit too dark for me, but that's just me.  When I have seen the snuff first hand, i didn't care for it.  But, if your gut says snuff, I'd go with the snuff. Can't go wrong either way.

 

The belt is a little tricky for either, but when I wear my suede (sand-colored) bucks I wear a dark brown belt with white stitching.  It matches edging/welt perfectly and looks pretty good.

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I concur.  The snuff suede chukkas didn't do it for me.  It actually seemed to be too light.  I was expecting it be medium brown.  That's not what it looked like.

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Oh no...thats not goint to be good for the ol' wallet

Yes. You and me both. We are very excited and will probably start with 3 styles for fall. Info of what we'll be ordering coming soon.

J.
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Finally wore my #4's today. Creases formed pretty well, really wish they made this boot in an E width though
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Last week there was a discussion about stretching shoes/boots. I purchased a pair of the jcrew cap toe boots in 9.5D. They don't sell E widths which I really need in Barrie. So the boots have caused a lot of pain and i was about to sell them when I saw the discussion. I figured it was worth a try. Well I got them back from the cobbler today and they fit great! Just like my 9.5E boots.

That all said, perhaps you could try stretching these.
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The amount of stretch depends on the type of leather.  I broke down and bought a shoe stretcher from Cedarville to try on an older pair of too tight shoes I have (I used the SF coupon code).  I'm not holding my breath though.

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i have learned it is easier to stretch a specific trouble spot than it is to stretch a whole shoe, at least in my experience.
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

My #8 Shortwings are on the Tremont, and I think the fit is really great. It's still rounded, but definitely more proper than the rounder Alden lasts.

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Originally Posted by kippy View Post


I like both and generally see the SWB as a more formal style (I have not figured out why this is so). The LWB seems a more casual look. If I understand correctly the SWB is a classic European style while the LWB is the more casual American equivalent.

 

Interesting that you, as well as many others, have said that the shortwing seems more formal.  That never really crossed my mind.  That may be due to the fact that my shortwings are pebbled calf on a micro sole, however.

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