Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Sartorialist Unconventional Gift Guide….. #1 Alden Long Wing Blucher


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,¬†¬†last December¬†I posted this shot of a gentlemen wearing the¬†Alden Long Wing Blucher in Cordovan. ¬†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”. ¬†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. ¬†I don’t know if it’s specifically the Cordovan, the thickness of the sole, or if Alden just cuts a great shoe. ¬†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. ¬†From a fashion standpoint they look great with grey flannel, khakis (choose your color), or with jeans as shown in the photo. ¬†My favorite look is wearing with white jeans (more about those later…). ¬†Aldens are widely available, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding them internationally or domestically.


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  1. Katarina Susa

    December 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Beautiful men shoes, remind my of some wedges from this season’s Acne collection.


  2. Ophelia

    December 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Great post and lovely shoes!

  3. Gary

    December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I bought a pair of Alden suede longwings last spring that fit me perfectly and broke in, literally, within minutes. I loved them so much that I went to the Alden shop on Madison to purchase a pair of their shell cordovan ankle boots, but they treated me like dirt. Shocked, I wrote an email to Alden only to learn that the shop is privately owned. They passed on my comments to the owner, but I never heard more from them. I’d like to get another pair, but I don’t like giving my business to companies who don’t seem to appreciate it.

  4. Serdane

    December 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Nice and classic shoes.. thks for the advice…

  5. Nomadic D

    December 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    They are gorgeous! Also love the boot version they did with J. Crew.

  6. lintmag

    December 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I find these kind of men’s shoes so sexy on a guy! Wingtips with a thicker leather and the little pattern of holes – love love love.

  7. Jacqueline Soares

    December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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  8. Lula

    December 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    These are beautiful shoes. I’ve been looking for a ladies classic oxford of similar quality for what seems like years and haven’t been able to find one!

  9. JOHN

    December 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Steven at Leffot has a great selection of Alden longwings. His service is impecable.

  10. kostadin kolev

    December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Wonderful picture! Very nice style.

  11. PhotoTristan

    December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I have a pair of these and they are easily my favorite not boot shoes. A lot of people like custom Cordovan leather like Cigar shell and Whiskey shell but for my money, this is THE cordovan to get-Alden/Horween Color 8 is so timeless and classy!

  12. Miguel Ramalh√£o

    December 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Those are an amazing pair of shoes! They were an inspiration to me to start my own shoe brand… I could find a pair in Portugal, so I decided to have one made… and the ball started to rool from there…

  13. Charlotte Wilder

    December 8, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Wow these are fabulous. I love the weight, and you’ve sold me with your write-up.

  14. Above Ground Pools

    December 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Great looking shoes. Love the picture, too.

  15. J Umm

    December 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    one of the best brogues ive seen


  16. PhotoTristan

    December 8, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Question – do his jeans seem cut a bit too high to you?

  17. Amy

    December 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I love these shoes. Love love wingtips – for women, for men, for us all! I have a great pair cognac wingtips for women from Church’s (on Madison in NYC) but I also have a pair of these men’s Alden cordovan’s and love them too. Fortunately they make a 6.5, I actually love the men’s shoe – more sturdy vs the more streamlined/elegant women’s brogue.

  18. pensive

    December 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Oh God yes, please encourage the cordovan. I’ve bought the Hubby an entire STABLE of cordovan in wingtips, etc over the years and while he complains at first that they look like old man shoes once the girls in his office start commenting they get worn all the time.

    Love the cordovan!

  19. Matthias

    December 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I bought a pair back in 2002 and they are still my favorit pair. Got the sole maintained twice since then but they till looks like they going to least for 10 years more. The only down side is you can not pass any airport security check with out taking them off for x-ray ;-)
    Best shoes I ever owned.

  20. Name*David

    December 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    So, should the socks match the shoes (what I’ve always been told), or the pants? Or, who cares?

  21. Lauren (BestTrendz)

    December 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Great shoes- they’re classy AND break in easily. What more could you want from a shoe? I think it’d make a great gift.


  22. anon

    December 8, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Dear Name*David. All you need are fawn socks. They look terrific with everything and are great with sandals in summer; just make sure there are holes in the toes for ventilation. Love, Love Love!

  23. Whichmewillibetoday

    December 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    This style of shoe is popular. I wore a similar pair ( gray with sparkles). They’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn in awhile.

  24. Marcel Da Chump

    December 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    @Gary, City Shoes on Park Ave between 56 & 57th streets carries Alden and the service is unfailingly courteous.

  25. Suzy

    December 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    what? no…. can we please see a picture of you in white jeans?

    ?? can we really please pretty please

  26. CultureShockArt

    December 9, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I was convinced until you brought up White Jeans. Uh oh. :)

  27. dan

    December 9, 2011 at 3:06 am

    you¬īre so right, i also got a pair, really the best shoes I ever had.
    Try them sockless with khakis in zhe summer.
    cheers, dan

  28. Habiba. J

    December 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

    WOW, they are lovely and sound comfortable, it would be perfect for my brother. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

  29. Chris

    December 9, 2011 at 5:34 am

    VERY COOL! Love the color.

  30. antique engagement rings

    December 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

    The shoes are classic.

  31. Red Red

    December 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Cordovan + Alden = timeless

  32. David

    December 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Now, if only they were laced properly…

  33. Thy Nefelibata

    December 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    My dad used to have these. SO classic and at the same time so trendy!

  34. Thomas.Franz

    December 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Fantastic shoes for decades!

  35. J in LA

    December 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Absolute classics. They will last you 20+ years if you take care of them. But good luck finding them right now — you may have to wait 12-16 weeks for a pair. I just managed to land a pair after looking for 4 months. But definitely worth the wait.

  36. OlDave

    December 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    You have to check out the cordovan boots made by Alden. They also make various styles of boots for private labels such as J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Leather Sole, and Alden of Carmel.

  37. Duncan

    December 10, 2011 at 12:18 am


    Try Leather Soul Hawaii-they put out some incredible custom Alden shoes, and the owner is an incredibly nice guy as well.


  38. Rusma

    December 10, 2011 at 2:41 am

    My father, 69, still keep the same shoes for almost 15 years. And they still shines!

  39. meilssa

    December 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

    When my son was a year old and beyond I put him in wing tips and Gap overalls with a cashmere sweaters… He looked amazing another look was Converse high tops with plaid flannel patch work pants..


  40. David Arjun

    December 10, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I have the non-cordovan waxed longwing bluchers and they broke in pretty quickly also, and from my experience, the same went for the Indy Boots. My conclusion is that Alden just knows what they’re doing! Great post, any guy would be ecstatic to receive these as a present.

  41. Name*

    December 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    They are sort of perfect.

  42. clarity enhanced diamonds

    December 11, 2011 at 7:56 am


  43. David AdS

    December 12, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I have bee wearing this shoe (various pairs) for the past 25 years, in colour 8 and in black cordovan….unique and versatile…good feature on your site, you do them justice…

    A gift tip from an old Alden connoisseur: get yourself a pair of Alden Tassel loafers in cordovan…this is really the number one shoe that any man should have it with him anywhere in the world, it goes with a jeans, with chinos, with a gray of navy suit, with shorts, with ournwithout socks…and looks the best in colour 8!

  44. Andrew Scharf

    December 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Alden has made great shoes for years. the ones pictured are fab. As is the craftsmanship and the quality. Oddly enough they are harder to find than one thinks. It really depends on where you live.

  45. Freshi Ya Shamba

    December 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I hate you. After I saw the original photo of the dude in the peacoat and the longwings, I obsessed over them for weeks and finally bought a pair. – There went the first installment of my kids’ college tuition!
    With slightly short trousers the look always reminds me of the classic album cover of the British ska band The Specials. Very stylish.
    @Gary, buy your Aldens at Citishoes on Park (they know their stuff) or Epaulet on Orchard. (which carries other interesting co-branded Aldens that you don’t see anywhere else, including an Officer Indy, a black Indy, and a model they call Brixton, which are all pretty nice.)

  46. Chip Fussell

    December 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve have several pair of Aldens with the Barrie last. It’s the last that creates the comfort. I bought my first pair of plain toe shell cordovans 20 some years ago. I just got them back today from Alden after their first “refurbishment”. Fantastic! They almost look brand new. Even have a new heel liner. Also received a pair of cedar shoe trees, new laces, shoe bags and a beautiful color and shine. Of course new full sole and heels. $150.00. Maybe cheaper at the local boot shop, but this is a class job. I’ll definitely send the other pairs I own when it is their time.

  47. photoTristan

    December 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    I did a video review of these Aldens here:

  48. Gregorius

    December 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    If you don’t have to have Cordovan, JCrew has a supply of the Longwing Bluchers. When I originally ordered them last week, the estimated ship date was April 2012.

    I received a shipment notification on Monday and received them in the mail today (Wednesday). They are magnificent and my first pair of Aldens. These are the quintessential must have casual shoe for denim and khaki.

    Now if only Alden made Longwing boots…

  49. jeff neal

    December 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    After seeing this photo, my wife grabbed a pair at By George in Austin TX for my birthday last night. I’m a lucky guy. Love these shoes. Thanks for the persuasive post!

  50. victoria neal

    December 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    yes, honey, you are a lucky guy ;)
    I’m a lucky girl to have such a well-dressed, thoughtful and dashing husband. Rock On, Sartorialist!

  51. Which me will I be today

    December 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

    They do look like thed be had to break in but they would be worth the trouble if they were. The style is classic and makes them easy to weatr with just about anything.

  52. Sara

    December 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

    nice picture and good article, thanks for sharing, support!!!!!!!

  53. Keystone

    February 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I was looking for these shoes on Alden’s site. It looks like they are Wingtip Bal Oxford.
    The Blucher doesn’t have the dots that go all the way back, which is presumably “long wing.”

  54. Moia

    February 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    This gentleman with this shoes is the founder of the clothing company Peak Performance and now one of the owners of J.Lindeberg AB from Sweden.. his name is Stefan Engström and he has a great taste both with shoes and else garments ;-)

  55. Skweekah

    May 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Ive got a pair of Barker Oxblood brogues. They look amazing but I havent found a belt to match with these amazing shoes. I cannot wait to start wearing them. They will look beautiful once worn in.

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