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Best longwings?

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

  1. Nexus6

    Nexus6 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.)

    I am one person who has to adhere to a strict budget.
    For my money, I'd rather buy 4 pair of Florsheim Kenmooors than one pair of Alden.

    I would buy the Pebbled Cognac, Burgundy & Pebbled Black & Smooth Black.
    For my feet, The Florsheim Kenmoors are more than comfortable enough.
    Others will say buy one pair of Alden over 3 pair of Florsheim.
    Though Aldens are higher quality for sure, in my opinion, the Florshiem Kenmoor is great quality for the price, and the comfort is on par with Allen Edmonds, again, in my opinion.


    Other than Ebay?

    Google using keywords: Longwing + Vintage, Deadstock, Clerance, Clearout, Seconds, Discontinued
     
  2. wheelsx45

    wheelsx45 Well-Known Member

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  3. Elgin

    Elgin Well-Known Member

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    "I am one person who has to adhere to a strict budget.
    For my money, I'd rather buy 4 pair of Florsheim Kenmooors than one pair of Alden."

    I totally agree here. People on here are aficionados, I guess, and constantly bitching that quality ain't great. I'm proud to say (well, not proud exactly, but at least pleased) I bought a pair of Banana Republic chukka boots 6 or 7 years ago, have worn them repeatedly in a row, never put trees in them, and had them resoled a half dozen times. I paid 100 bucks, and they still look amazing. I get zillions of compliments on them.

    I'm all for quality, but only up to a point. Style is much more important.
     
  4. Slewfoot

    Slewfoot Well-Known Member

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    I recently got these from the B&S Forum which I like a lot...vintage Hanover longwings.

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  5. greekgeek

    greekgeek Well-Known Member

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    "I am one person who has to adhere to a strict budget.
    For my money, I'd rather buy 4 pair of Florsheim Kenmooors than one pair of Alden."

    I'm all for quality, but only up to a point. Style is much more important.


    Shop around and get the highest quality available for a given budget. That is the essence of the B&S forum...sort of.
     
  6. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Well-Known Member

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    I want whiskey shell longwings like whoa
     
  7. Morgan

    Morgan Well-Known Member

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    I love mine. They look a little darker here since the red wall is casting a weird reflected light.

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    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I looked at the available modern options and went with deadstock on eBay. I paid a significant premium for them, but they were the best manifestation of what I wanted.
     
  10. Swan Song

    Swan Song Well-Known 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.





    I found these burgundy very old stock Florsheim Imperial Shell Cordovan Longwings today in a Thrift.

    They are ancient, but as you can see, with a good cleaning(damp cloth only) and a smidgen(and I mean a tiny bit) of Cordovan Cream they look marvelous. Great patina.

    Anyway to date them? They have a very deep forest green label inside.
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  11. Tarmac

    Tarmac Well-Known Member

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    btw when I say old stock I mean dead stock new, ideally. worn shoes can get nasty
     
  12. DrZRM

    DrZRM Well-Known Member

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    I love mine too! Every morning I take a second at the closet to look at them and fret that I can't wear them everyday. I like mafoofan's idea of the one shoe wardrobe more and more (well maybe one in #8 and one in cigar to mix it up as well).

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    I want whiskey shell longwings like whoa
     
  13. CunningSmeagol

    CunningSmeagol Well-Known Member

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    I love mine too! Every morning I take a second at the closet to look at them and fret that I can't wear them everyday. I like mafoofan's idea of the one shoe wardrobe more and more (well maybe one in #8 and one in cigar to mix it up as well).

    http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...DSC_0069-1.jpg


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  14. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    I could easily have an all longwings wardrobe of shoes, but in different colors.
     
  15. forex

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    JohnnyCrockett Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, the best longwings aren't longwings. Hard to beat PRL Darlton in shell or in chestnut pebble grain w/ leather or Dainite sole if you want a derby wingtip.
     
  17. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, the best longwings aren't longwings. Hard to beat PRL Darlton in shell or in chestnut pebble grain w/ leather or Dainite sole if you want a derby wingtip.
    Yes, the RL Darlton shell wingtips are nice. I still reach for and prefer my Aldens though; in fact, I haven't worn my Darltons in about a year.
     
  18. ruben

    ruben Well-Known Member

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    Just to be clear, when you guys re talking Florsheim, you're only talking about deadstcok, right?

    Why don't more companies make pebble shoes anymore?
     
  19. JayJay

    JayJay Well-Known Member

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    These are great:

    http://www.alden-of-carmel.com/index...ng_Tip_244.htm

    I have a pair in black but would like a pair in #8 and in cigar,sigh.

    Get them. My Cigar and #8 are worn as often as my black longwings. Oddly my least worn color is my favorite, Whiskey.
     
  20. forex

    forex Well-Known Member

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    Get them. My Cigar and #8 are worn as often as my black longwings. Oddly my least worn color is my favorite, Whiskey.

    I noticed that Tom at Leather Soul had some Ravello shell longwings, I saw them yesterday and e-mailed him but he said they were sold out in my size,oh man,I wish he had them in 11D[​IMG]
     

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