I’ve never done a gift guide before, as I never felt the site was about selling you something. However, i’ve run across some really fantastic products lately that could be a great gift for the sartorialist in your life.
If you remember,Â Â last DecemberÂ I posted this shot of a gentlemen wearing theÂ Alden Long Wing Blucher in Cordovan. Â I remember thinking at the time how I liked the color and style of the shoe, but also thinking “ughhh these are going to take so long to break in”. Â I got a pair this fall and was SHOCKED at how incredibly comfortable they were from the very first wear, since they don’t look like they would break in so easily. Â I don’t know if it’s specifically the Cordovan, the thickness of the sole, or if Alden just cuts a great shoe. Â For whatever the reason… these old, clunky, uber classic shoes have been my go to streetwalker from New York to Paris to Milan, and most recently in Africa. Â From a fashion standpoint they look great with grey flannel, khakis (choose your color), or with jeans as shown in the photo. Â My favorite look is wearing with white jeans (more about those later…). Â Aldens are widely available, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding them internationally or domestically.