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Wingtips, what brand?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by streetlord, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. streetlord

    streetlord Member

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    I want to buy a pair of wingtips. I only wear my shoes to work, and have 3 pairs of AE and some ferragamo loafers. I would like to get something different as I am sick of AE's. Is Alden the next step? Is it possible to get Alden's on sale like AE? I am thinking of some black wingtips from alden, in either calf, or cordovan. Should I spend the extra money on cordovan? Since these are just black shoes, is it even worth upgrading to alden than ae? I like AE fine, but I feel like I need to try a different brand at least.
     
  2. streetlord

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    So I see others have this question. Well what about the difference in an Alden cordovan, and a C&J calf. I imagine these would be around the same price? I mean I am not looking at EG or Vass or anything, I am just bored with AE. I think Alden is the middle between EG and AE? IS there any other shoe around Alden price?
     
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    Vintage Florsheim longwings could be a fun option. You've never seen how sturdy a gunboat can be until you've played around with an old Imperial. Double sole, pebble grain or cordovan. Great shoes.
     
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    streetlord Member

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    Wow, those are nice, which are those? Why do you have so many of the same shoe?
     
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    It's an inside joke. Regardless, they are Alden long wing bluchers on the plaza last.
     
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    :foo::foo::foo::foo::foo::foo:
     
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    There are so many decent shoes available at the $500-$700 price range (similar to Aldens). Any of the major UK brands in this price range are good shoes, as are Carminas from Spain.

    Probably the very best in terms of construction/quality/value in this price range are Vass.

    Sounds like you need to do some homework and read some threads!

    :)

    The OneShoe rulz! :foo:

    PS - I forgot to mention - the Crockett and Jones Finsbury in Shell is a FINE shoe.
     
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  11. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Meermin cordovan longwings are 290 Euros (inc. VAT) which seems like a ridiculous price for cordovan. As I'm debating ordering a pair myself, I just thought I'd share the photos they sent me. The cordovan is not Horween though and apparently is sourced from Argentina. The shoes are made in Spain.

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    Fred
     
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  12. streetlord

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    Well I ended up buying some AE cambridges in black, because with a GC I had they were 200. My next pair of shoes will still be some wingtips, definitely cordovan bulchers, most likely those alden longwings, i really like those. Can you wear bulchers with dress pants? I dress biz casual maybe 3 or 4 days out of the week, the other 1 or two are suits, are bulchers ok to wear with like a nice shirt and pair of trousers? Sometimes I cant tell if they are more appropriate for chinos.
     
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    Hi, do you have a fashion forward style? AE/Alden/EG are pretty conservative styling whereas Ferragamo's are more fashion forward. Your statements being "bored" of AE makes it sound you may like Sutor Mantellasi, Carmina, or Santoni. Not sure if that's what you are looking for though. The Alden's in plaza last look nice and not boring imo.
     
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    It's possible to get anything on sale but if you have to worry about the price then they're out of your class. Forget the dorky looking wingtips because no elite man wears them these days. Theonly place you'll see them is in GQ mag or on cubicle working drones. But if you really must buy these clutzy looking eyesores than I'd suggest that you get a slip on model or the lightest possible one made by Bally or Ferrigamo.
     
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    I disagree on the formality. Wingtips are traditionally less formal than bluchers or oxfords, so the suede, thin soles, and last shape of those shoes make it much more casual. They do look nice though. How is the quality on them? Last time I was in paul smith I found the quality of their leather questionable but the suede may be a non issue. Are they welted?

    OP, how do you feel about austerity brogues? That may be a good middle ground to for interesting wingtips.
     
  17. streetlord

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    Probably not fashion forward being that I work around the exec management of a bank, and fashion forward is not well liked in banking. I have ferragamo loafers and feel like an idiot wearing them to work. I am just bored of AE as I would like to try a different shoe., meaning maybe something fits better, or I just like better in general.
     
  18. streetlord

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    That is nonsensical. Price does not matter? Since when does price not matter? Facebook has tons of money, they should have paid 10 billion for instagram. Who cares about price right................... ?Seriously, I can't even imagine you make any money, not a single person I know that makes over a million a year thinks like that.
     
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    I'm sorry, but...what? Your entire post makes no sense at all.

    It also reeks of extreme arrogance, and a strange fascination with an idealised elite.
     

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