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view on Alden long wingtips - calfskin or cordovan?

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

  1. chogall

    chogall Senior member

    Aug 12, 2011
    Spit shine your LWB? What's next? Wearing pocket square on your denim jackets?

  2. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

    Dec 7, 2010

    You may not need an E width in this particular shoe, unless you are saying you have tried it on and know you need a 10.5E. I wear a 10.5E in some of the narrower-lasted Alden shoes, but a 10D in their LWB's and other Barrie-lasted Aldens.

    I am a happy customer of Alden/Madison, FWIW.
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012
  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I prefer shell in #8.
  4. Ennius

    Ennius Senior member

    Jun 9, 2012
    thanks for all the comments and info.

    Looks like I am off to the Madison Alden store for the #8 longwings and let them tell me what my right sizing is.
  5. reggieburris

    reggieburris New Member

    May 6, 2015
    Dale City, VA
    Although this post is old, I wanted to chime in. I have 4 pairs of Alden shell cordovan (3 #8 and 1 black) and 4 pairs of Alden calfskin shoes. All of them are of equal quality. I personally cannot shine the shells any better than the calfskins but my shoeshine guys can. It takes them a short time to shine the shells and the shine last much longer. Overall Alden shoes are a bit bulkier and haven't changed much in decades but they are well built throwbacks. I love my AEs and Crockett & Jones but my Alden's are special.

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