- Feb 15, 2015
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I have some LB Sheppards, and I would agree with his assessment. They're solid, and better than most modern, but they aren't stand outLove to see these type of commentaries from long-time collectors' experiences.
I am surprise to see how low LB Sheppard and Aristocraft lands on your ranking.
Sir @meister @davidVC @vestbash Do you have a ranking opinions on the brands you had experiences with (Clapp, Stetson, Florsheim, etc, etc.)?
I have seen most iterations of all the shoes you are referencing. Without further defining the parameters of the evaluation its not really possible to create a ranking. To start, you'd really want to define the period and the line/pricepoint.Also curious about Alden, J&M Aristocraft, Allen Edmonds.
I love how those came out. I want some saddles that I can dye just like that.
Small consideration. AE does have some lasts that work for my wide stompers.I would guess, in part, that his ultra wide foot doesn’t lend itself to AE’s most popular lasts. I would also suspect that he is more of a Barrie last guy than an Aberdeen last guy in Alden.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that
I’ll have to look again,I thought I saw the cracking on the brogueing rather than the main body of the heel. That would indicate the crack couldn’t spread very far
That is precisely how I would rank them,Alden are great shoes,don’t get me wrong,but they have a rather cultish following and resell on eBay for much more than other brands. That said,I agree with @mormonopoly that vintage Florsheim Imperials are top drawer longwings,but importantly I agree with his putting Nettleton (Traditionals) second,ahead of Alden.They have double stitching (like Florsheim) where Alden is single stitched (admittedly hair splitting). Nettleton is underrated among the non-nerd aficionados and often reasonably priced.Based the on the shoes I’ve handled here’s how I would rank them: Florsheim imperial > Nettleton > Alden > Vintage Allen Edmonds > LB Sheppard and Aristocraft >>> modern Allen Edmonds. This is specifically a ranking of their longwings around the 70s-80s which I think is what you were asking for.