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view on Alden long wingtips - calfskin or cordovan?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ennius, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    Hello,

    I am about to get my first Alden shoes and want the black long wingtips. I am trying to decide between the calfskin and the cordovan. Cordovan is about $150 more. Is this extra $$ worth it in terms of look and durability and comfort?

    Thanks
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  4. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    thanks - any color on the differences?
     


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    Patek Senior member

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    If you like the model--yes.

    For me personally, I think that model looks best in suede.
     


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    Patrologia Senior member

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    Yes, although I prefer long wings in burgundy. Shell is worth 150 in any case though.
     


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    jerrybrowne Senior member

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    blue collar Senior member

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    You'll never look at calf the same...:slayer:
     


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    Why not #8 instead of black?
     


  10. wumingde

    wumingde Well-Known Member

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    Cordovan would be a better investment. Go with the general consensus.
     


  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Black grained calf has more character than black cordo. Or #8 cordo.
     


  12. SpiffEngineer

    SpiffEngineer Senior member

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    I am enamored with the Alden cordovan PTBs I bought earlier this year, and comparing cordovan to calf, the former comes out far ahead. My only other input is that I prefer admiring the ripples in cordovan on less complicated (plainer) shoes, though this does not seem to be a widely held view on SF.

    Edit: I also forgot to say that #8 is a great, rich color, which you should consider if it is acceptable in your environment
     
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  13. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

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    Thanks for the useful advice and opinions.

    The color #8 looks very nice. I can certainly do that, too, as I work in a business casual environment. A couple questions:

    (1) How do you think of the Black cordovan versus the #8 cordovan? Different uses, looks? I have become a fan of the Thom Browne look and figured I needed a black longwing but no need to be too doctrinaire.

    (2) I live in NYC. Any thoughts on where to shop for Alden? I have heard the Alden store near Grand Central doesnt always have good customer service.

    Thanks again.
     


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    The black cordovan shoes I have seen have not had the kind of shine I think black shoes should have (the "spit and polish" kind), so I think cordovan is better suited for non-black shoes.
     


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    My first Alden shoes were black shell lwb. Within a few weeks of that purchase, I picked up a pair of #8 lwb's. You really can't go wrong with either -- both are classic staple items, and with minimal care you will enjoy them for many years to come. Personally, I would give a slight edge to #8 over black-- as others have noted, it is a beautiful, rich color that is extremely versatile. Whatever you do, make sure that you are fit properly.
     


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