The Longwing Blucher is not exclusive to Alden, in fact it’s been in production in the US and UK for many years. It is however a very American style and is often referred to around Northampton as the American wingtip. Which is to say this shoe has All American staying power.
Alden of New England has perfected the use of shell cordovan in making the LWB. One of the ways they do that is by using cordovan tanned only by Horween Leather Company in Chicago Illinois. The most classic longwing you can find is made with Horween’s rich Color 8 Cordovan. Because of it’s consistent popularity, we will now be stocking this shoe, known in the business as the 975, in wide E widths as well as the standard D.
Polishing your own shoes is a very gratifying experience. It need not be overly complicated and it should not cause you stress, relax and enjoy. Your shoes will mean more to you than ever if you have a little sweat equity invested. Remember how proud you felt after you washed and waxed your car in high school? Polishing your shoes is no different.
This tutorial is a “basic overview” of how to clean and polish your cordovan shoes; we hope you find it helpful. Like everything else there are many variations and everyone has their own personal preferences. It’s kind like asking how you like your steak cooked to each his own. The point is start with the basics; keep working at it and in time you’ll begin to develop your own technique.
Our latest Alden makeup has arrived and it’s one of our favorite styles the Longwing Blucher. Arguably the classic American brogue in fact it’s so American U.K. shoemakers refer to it as just that.
Admittedly we have something of a wingtip fetish and we never tire of the LWB, which is why we keep making them. It’s such a versatile and comfortable shoe and as comfortable as it is in leather it’s even more so in suede.
We know what some of you are thinking, “Oh so beautiful but suede?” Well to all the “suedechondriacs” out there hear this they look even “better” with age, so just relax and enjoy everything’s gonna be okay.
Longwing Blucher, Barrie Last, Snuff Suede, Waterlock Soles
I recently took stock of my personal shoe collection and came to the startling realization I am obsessed with WINGTIPS! I have no less than 8 pairs in some form or another, and more to come I’m quite sure. Here they are in no particular order.
Alden Longwing Barrie Last Color 8 Shell Cordovan
Edward Green Falkirk 202 Last Burnt Pine & Almond Country Calf
Gaziano & Girling Mitchell TG73 Last Vintage Maple
Alden Greenwich Boot Barrie Last Navy Oiled Nebuc
Church’s Grafton 173 Last Sandalwood Polished Binder
Gaziano & Girling Astaire DG70 Last Brown Pin Grain & Brown Suede