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Longwing Shoes - In Style or Dated?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jamesjedi, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. jamesjedi

    jamesjedi Member

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    Hi,

    I am new here. Looking for advice.

    Are the brown Longwing Allen Edmonds dated? Out of style?

    Thanks for any input.

    James
     

  2. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Mahatma Jawndi Dubiously Honored

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    No, it's a classic style. It may or may not go with your wardrobe, however.
     

  3. jamesjedi

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    Thanks for the reply. I was not sure.

    Specifically what wardrobe? My understanding is that they are the most casual of the brogue shoe. My thinking was that a nice pair of denim would work and perhaps a sports coat or blazer?

    Thanks again.
     

  4. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Mahatma Jawndi Dubiously Honored

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    It's hard to speak in generalities like this because there are many different types of jeans and sport coats. But broadly, yes, I think that combo would work. It really just comes down to whether or not an outfit looks right. Sometimes an outfit looks like it would be better with a more causal shoe or different sport coat.

    There's a thread on this forum dedicated to sport coat and denim combos.

    https://www.styleforum.net/threads/sport-coats-and-jeans.558335/

    I generally think guys are better off wearing sport coats with tailored trousers. It's possible to do a sport coat and jeans combo, but you need to have an eye for things. Lots of times, guys combine those things and it just ends up looking a bit awkward.
     

  5. jamesjedi

    jamesjedi Member

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    Thanks again! I will read it.
     

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    Alv Senior Member

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    Like Mr. dieworkwear said, it’s a classic. Are 5-pocket jeans dated?

    Just like with denims , fits and materials have fallen in, and out of favor in the last 100 or so years, but the basic blue print still there.

    Every brand makes its own iteration of the classic long wing, find a version that fits your budget, and wardrobe.

    I will be more concern about the last, and if the proportions complements those of your trousers.
     

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    Just to confirm, this is the style I was referring to. Thanks! brogue.jpg
     

  8. Eli Curt

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    Those look fine to me. I work in a casual environment and my cordovan Alden longings get more use than any of my other shoes (which are mostly loafers).
     

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    Cheers! Thanks to all who replied.
     

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    bengal-stripe Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    The reason is that American versions of this design are traditionally of the 'gunboat' variety: double soles, extended welts and very solid lasts. You can take the design, but remove the extra-heavy components of making. You might not end-up with a ballroom shoe, but you'll have a smart town shoe.

    Here is one that I had made a few years ago:

    Longwing.png

    Although this one is bespoke, there are European manufacturers who have the 'Longwing-light' in their catalogue. Edward Green does a very nice version and I've seen other manufacturers offering the style at the recent 'Super Trunk Show' in London.
     

  11. Thin White Duke

    Thin White Duke Distinguished Member

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    Proceed with caution!
    Many people when they decide they want to up their style game (often around the same time as they discover this forum!) are eager to charge out with some new found knowledge and spend their hard earned cash on some goodies, only to regret their purchase a bit further down the line.

    When I was at that stage I was rather taken by a pair of AE McNeils - scotch grain longwings in a medium tan colour. I’ve made many style mistakes and poorly thought out purchases in my time but for some reason I didn’t pull the trigger on these, for which I’m thankful.

    As a general rule the lighter or more esoteric the shoe colour, the less versatile it is, with the possible exception of black. I used to own only black shoes, now I only have a couple of pairs which are rarely worn. I still like longwings and own McNeils in burgundy shell (usually worn as you suggest with a Donegal or herringbone tweed jacket and heavy chinos or dark jeans) and black calf, worn rarely.

    Those scotch grain ones you posted look to have a fetching chilli / chestnut colour that will go well with stone chinos, dark tan moleskins or dark jeans. I’ve learned to plan out in my head exactly what outfits I intend to pair up with a potential new purchase before pulling the trigger to avoid wasting money on an unused item that would remain unworn in the back of the wardrobe.

    Good luck, and post pics!
     

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    What other jeans are there?
     

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    As a quick example, long wing shoes can have a sleek look such a these:
    blucher_brown_boxcalf_80474_l.jpg

    Or have a slightly chunkier look with storm welts, double soles..

    longwing_blucher_cordovan_8_532_l.jpg
     

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    For instance, Mr Andromedon is wearing a 8-pocket version of the “Mississippi Tuxedo”, a more summer-friendly version of its Canadian cousin. Feel free to commission your own on Fresco, or Crispaire. Ideal for sipping some Pinot Noir or Lemonade on the porch. :tongue:

    61477BEE-FED4-4181-A264-CD1D749DFEA1.jpeg
     

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