I am about to buy 1-2 pair of new shoes, I have run into a dilemma. I know that I want to give cordovan a try as it appears more durable, acquires patina, and requires little maintenance. Previously I had been set on buying 2 pair of Alden PTB (No. 8 and Black). However with more reading on the site, I changed my mind to a pair of No. 8 Alden PTB and a pair of cigar shell long wings. I figured I would instead do black shoes in calf and likely not a blucher, but a bal (a topic for another day). Now one of you bastards (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) has thrown the C&J Polo wingtips (dark brown) into the equation...and on sale! I definitely want a burgundy and a dark brown shoe, but now I can not decide what combination to get. I must admit that the C&J Darltons and a BB No. 8 PTB on sale looks really appealing for both under ~$1k. Buying a cigar and No. 8 from Alden would be ~$1300. I have read some that the C&J has better fit and finish, but is overall less comfortable than the Aldens (in general). I suppose if the comfort difference is really that noticeable, one choice has already been made for me. An Alden long wing also seems to be the forum favorite for Alden shoes. There is obviously the possibility of a longwing and a wingtip, but I would very much like one to be plain toe for some versatility. There is this issue of sizing, but I can sort that out on my own. So, if you were in my shoes (I know lol), what would you go for (Which shoe and style)? I know someone is going to say get all 3. Try not to be that guy .