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Best longwings?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Elgin, May 11, 2009.

  1. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    Hi - I've been looking for a pair of black longwings; I really wanted the BB Black Fleece, but didn't manage to get a pair. So now I'm looking for alternates. I don't really care quite so much about them being shell, just that they look nice and will hopefully wear well.

    So far I've found:
    1. Floresheim Kenmoor
    2. AE MacNeil
    3. Alden

    Alden makes/made the BB Black Fleece, but as far as I can tell you can only get longwings from Alden in cordovan, not in calf. The Floresheim seems like an ugly version of the classic. The MacNeil seems like a happy medium, but I keep seeing conflicting reports that the quality isn't worth the money.

    Are there any opinions on these? advice? alternates that I don't know of?
     
  2. Michael Ay329

    Michael Ay329 Senior member

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    Vass and Dinkelacker both make longwings

    You will not find a picture on the Vass website www.vass-cipo.hu but you will find on

    http://www.budapester-schuhe.de/hand...,31,0,0,0.html

    Ignore the extra wide wording, the design is available

    I'm ready to pull the trigger on an MTO Vass Budapester longwing on the budapester last in dark brown suede and crepe sole.
     
  3. Grayland

    Grayland Senior member

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    Why not look for a pair of vintage Flosheim Imperials? They are found often on ebay and the black ones seem less desirable so the ending price is often lower. Yea, they'd be used, but would still last you a lifetime with basic upkeep.
     
  4. The Deacon

    The Deacon Senior member

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    For my tastes vintage Nettleton are the best American Longwings I've seen followed by non LB SHeppard Hanover Shell Cordovan and vintage Johnston and Murphy crown aristocraft shell cordovan longwings (very similar to BB Black FLeece in that they have taper and lack the clunk factor). I'm pleased with my Alden shell longwings in Black. They are very well made but aren't as sharp as the Nettleton or J&M which are not only extremely well made but aesthetic. One manggs opinion.
     
  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I'm a huge fan of Alden shell longwings.
     
  6. Warren G.

    Warren G. Senior member

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    I'm waiting for my Alden Cigar Shell Longwing from Adam.
    I just won some Vintage Florsheim #8? Shell Longwing for like 70ish. I probably over paid em..but I've been sniping for a long time...my size normally don't come up and my thift stores isn't cool :[
     
  7. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I'm waiting for my Alden Cigar Shell Longwing from Adam.
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    Alden's Cigar shell longwing is one of my favorites, in fact, I'll be wearing it tomorrow.
     
  8. Warren G.

    Warren G. Senior member

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    Alden's Cigar shell longwing is one of my favorites, in fact, I'll be wearing it tomorrow.

    +1 [​IMG]
    Yup, when I first saw it..I was like I MUST own em lol.
     
  9. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    +1 [​IMG]
    Yup, when I first saw it..I was like I MUST own em lol.

    Adam was my source for them, too. I saw a pic and had to have them. However, my favorite is Whiskey.
     
  10. BWB

    BWB Well-Known Member

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    Alden's Cigar shell longwing is one of my favorites, in fact, I'll be wearing it tomorrow.

    My vote is also for Alden longwings.

    Who sells Alden longwing cigar shell?
     
  11. Sean Archer

    Sean Archer Senior member

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    I just ordered Kenmoors for US$159 from the outlet. Pretty cheap experiment in longwings.
     
  12. Warren G.

    Warren G. Senior member

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    My vote is also for Alden longwings.

    Who sells Alden longwing cigar shell?


    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/
    Just shoot him an email. Apparently he's getting some in 4 months.
     
  13. BWB

    BWB Well-Known Member

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    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/
    Just shoot him an email. Apparently he's getting some in 4 months.


    Thank you for the link. I have an obvious noob question. What is the difference between Alden of Carmel and the Aldenshop in San Fran? Thanks for the help.
     
  14. greekgeek

    greekgeek Senior member

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    I just ordered Kenmoors for US$159 from the outlet. Pretty cheap experiment in longwings.

    My new Kenmoors just arrived. [​IMG] (My vote, also a Cross post from the Shoe Porn Thread)

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  15. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    If you gave me only one burgundy longwing to wear for the rest of my life, I would choose Florsheim old stock.

    If you are looking for cool, rare colors, you can't compete with Alden. They are the only ones doing that.
     
  16. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    Thank you for the link. I have an obvious noob question. What is the difference between Alden of Carmel and the Aldenshop in San Fran? Thanks for the help.

    Oddly enough, Alden of Carmel is located in Washington state not too far from Seattle.
    They don't have a physical shop.
     
  17. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/
    Just shoot him an email. Apparently he's getting some in 4 months.

    I purchased mine over a year ago after a long wait. It was well worth the wait.
     
  18. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    If you gave me only one burgundy longwing to wear for the rest of my life, I would choose Florsheim old stock.

    If you are looking for cool, rare colors, you can't compete with Alden. They are the only ones doing that.

    Rider does a very large variety of colors in shell, too, even more so than Alden. Longwings would be a custom order; however, he has a quick turnaround.
     
  19. Eagle

    Eagle Senior member

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    My choice for the best(?) longwings (at least of those presently in my collection) would be Alden's #975, in #8 shell cord! A close second would be AE's MacNeils in grained chili calf.
     
  20. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    Thanks to all who have replied, but I'm not really interested in buying used shoes. From what I gather here, Alden, A-E, Florsheim, and only one other company are actually making longwings. Is that surprising? (It surprises me.)

    If I wanted to buy an new pair of old stock, any ideas where I might do that besides ebay?
     

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