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Alden Cordovan Longwings

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by itsstillmatt, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    Brian, where did you see them in person? In Socal?

    i just got a pair from my friend Tom from LeatherSoul. unbelievable shoe. it blows the MacNeil away.
    Tom is totally great, probably the best seller I have ever dealt with so far. [​IMG]

    Jason, if you ever in the area and want to check them out please feel free to come over.
     
  2. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    Matt, is it correct that you need to size down ½ for the longwings?

    you definitely need to size down .

    i am a 9.5 E and usually just wear a 10D in most shoes.

    so Tom sent me a 9.5 E in the longwing.

    it is HUGE.

    i am going to get a 9 E. that will be perfect.

    this longwing blows away anything i have seen in the same genre. $500 is a CHEAP price for this pair i would not be surprised if by next year and so on the price will go up tremendously.
    this cordovan longwing shoe is a $950 shoe believe me.
     
  3. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    Do you have a pic of them on? I'm curious to see them in action.
    here you go. whatever is on the one toe point is a camera artifact, not part of the shoe. [​IMG]
     
  4. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    let me just say, pics of these shoes in any way do not do any justice.

    there is another dimension of substantiality and beauty that just does not show in photos. the above photo shows a beautiful longwing. but believe me, you HAVE to see it in person.

    trust me on this. Alden 975 is the shoe to get for anyone here at least.
    i am not affiliated to anyone nor Tom leathersoul in anyway.
    i am speaking from my heart.
     
  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    ^^^ Dude, shoes are for wearing and kicking into the ground. They are not for art.
     
  6. sho'nuff

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    what did i say that made you reply that?

    im just saying photos dont do any justice to the shoes, they are works of art, yes, you wear them and kick around, but cant i say they are still works of art?
    i didnt say you have to treat them as works of art.
     
  7. Panzeraxe II

    Panzeraxe II Well-Known Member

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    I saw these over the weekend at the Alden store on Madison. Can't say that I care for them.
     
  8. Neo1824

    Neo1824 Well-Known Member

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    I don't own anything like this but I must say they look really good to me with the jeans! [​IMG]
     
  9. Cantabrigian

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    I like these a lot more in action than on the shelf.
     
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    I like these a lot more in action than on the shelf.

    Yeah, I'm a recent convert myself. They look much better on the feet.
     
  11. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    Guys, here are the longwings i got:


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    again , photos dont do justice.
    photos just present the 2dimensional. you may think. eh.

    in person the 3 dimensional puts this shoe in perspective and it is magnificent
     
  12. The Deacon

    The Deacon Well-Known Member

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    These glorious Alden Longwings look identical to a pair of vintage Florsheim shell longwings I just sold except that the Florsheim soles are 1/2 inch thick. Are the Aldens similarly thick?

    Is it me, or is there a consensus that the smaller the size, the thicker the look of the sole on a longwing?

    or How many bites does it take to get to the center of...
     
  13. Get Smart

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    nice pics Brian. The brogueing looks cleaner than on the AEs, esp on the toe medallion
     
  14. GQgeek

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    I am thinking of picking a pair of these up. Any comments from current owners about how you have liked them? Or from non owners...

    [​IMG]


    You sadden me, Matt. I really don't think Alden makes attractive shoes.
     
  15. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    Guys, here are the longwings i got: [​IMG] [​IMG] again , photos dont do justice. photos just present the 2dimensional. you may think. eh. in person the 3 dimensional puts this shoe in perspective and it is magnificent
    Nice Brian. I am starting to think that if I had it all to do over again, I would buy nothing but Alden shells. Well, not all, but they would be a major part of my rotation.
     
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    Nice Brian. I am starting to think that if I had it all to do over again, I would buy nothing but Alden shells. Well, not all, but they would be a major part of my rotation.

    they're so clunky... [​IMG]
     
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    they're so clunky... [​IMG]
    They are like Budapesters. Either you get them or you don't.
     
  18. GQgeek

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    They are like Budapesters. Either you get them or you don't.

    Maybe when I'm a geriatric I'll appreciate shoes like that. [​IMG]
     
  19. lee_44106

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    Guys, here are the longwings i got:


    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    again , photos dont do justice.
    photos just present the 2dimensional. you may think. eh.

    in person the 3 dimensional puts this shoe in perspective and it is magnificent


    Brian, is it the cordovan leather itself that's making you crazy about the shoe, or is it something else?

    I myself have been bitten by the shell cordovan bug for about 1 year. In fact, my last 6 shoe purchases have all been shell cordovans, Santoni, Paul Stuart, AE's, and most recently, a pair of Polo Darlton. My next few purchases are going to be exclusively Aldens.

    I still like the sleekness of Tramezzas and C&J's, but the Aldens are just substantial, and I like that a lot.
     
  20. Get Smart

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    Nice Brian. I am starting to think that if I had it all to do over again, I would buy nothing but Alden shells. Well, not all, but they would be a major part of my rotation.

    +1...I've been thinking the same
     

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