Originally Posted by Vicious49
I was wondering what peoples thoughts are on these LWBs from Leffot that use tobacco chamois leather. Not sure exactly what that is but I'm guessing it's similar to Kudu since the description says it's water resistant.
I don't have a pair of Alden LWB's yet so do you think if I was to buy 1 pair, these would be pretty versatile or is there a different makeup I should hold out for? My dress runs more semi-casual since I work from home mainly and I don't think I want another pair of shell at the moment.
Also, with the Barrie last, I'm worried that these might not look as sleek as some other choices out there. I currently have the AE Aberdeens as my go to LWBs so would want something similar so I can replace them.. I think the Barrie and Trubalance last is great for boots and chukkas but haven't paid attention to it much in person on other types of shoes. I liked the Dover but did not like the PTBs because they seemed too clunky to me. Can someone who owns a PTB and LWB comment on that?
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If the AE Aberdeen has become your go-to casual LWB for wet or durable wear, I wouldn't recommend the kudu or chamois LWBs unless you were looking to replace the Aberdeen. All three seem to be similar as far as function.
I'm a huge longwing fan and have dabbled with different models. I have come to the conclusion that the Alden's barrie-lasted LWB is really all that I want. I have it in just about every available shell flavor but whiskey, as well as suede and calf versions. While the last is reputed to be "chunky," it really doesn't stand out like a sore thumb. I wear them casually and dress them up with jackets and ties from time to time, even with less formal suits.
AE's MacNiel is less chunky but may be the most uncomfortable, or worst case scenario, the most difficult last to size for me (I still haven't found a comfortable size). AE experimented a couple of years ago and came up with the Larchmont, a long, narrow, semi-squared toe (333 last) LWB. That my friend, looks extremely awkward.
I guess my point is that the LWB should be somewhat rounded and not-so-sleek. That's just the nature of that model, imo. As Alcibiades mentioned, if you wear casual attire frequently, I don't think you need to worry about the Barrie-lasted LWB not being sleek enough. If you disagree, the larchmont or MacNiel maybe for you.
Otherwise, this is my recommendation...