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Upper: Natural Chromexcel from Chicago's Horween Leather
Outsole: Double leather Flex-Welt sole
Last: Barrie, for a classic, American shape
Designed in the 1950s and virtually unchanged since then, the Alden Longwing is lovingly called the "Gunboat," and with good reason -- these shoes have serious heft, presence, and timeless style.
The "Flex-Welt" leather sole is bathed in oil to make it exceptionally supple and water-resistant, yet just as durable as any other solid leather sole. It includes Alden's signature steel shank and natural cork filling for comfort and stability. The intricate broguing runs along the entire length of the shoe, giving it the name "Long Wingtip" or "Longwing." With its substantial last and traditionally rounded toe, these shoes are excellent as dress or casual pieces. Many of our customers pair them with jeans and chinos, and they especially shine with navy & charcoal wool suiting. Make no mistake: the Gunboat is a serious shoe, and will consistently polish up your outfits for years to come.
This special edition is done in a beautiful shade of Chromexcel. Called "natural," the color sits between a pale tan and a light grey. The oil under the surface gives the leather a handsome "burnished" look, and the color casts change as the leather is worn. It's a great twist on an old-school style.
Chromexcel is produced by Horween Leather in Chicago, a family-run tannery that dates back to 1905. It is produced using a bark retannage from a proprietary recipe, and then it is genuine hot stuffed with a blend of natural oils and greases. The resulting "pull-up" leather yields a rich, deep finish with very subtle shade variations. It breaks in easily, shines up brilliantly, and lasts an incredibly long time. Chromexcel develops more character as it ages, month after month, year after year.
The Barrie last tends to run about a half size large, so we recommend ordering a half size down from your typical dress shoe size (e.g. order a 9D if you typically wear a 9.5D).
Our apologies, we cannot ship Alden shoes to addresses outside of the United States and Canada.
Alden shoes are Goodyear welted and handmade by union craftsmen. As such, they can be easily resoled and recrafted by the factory. When you've worn out the sole (which will take a LONG time), you can return them to Alden for resoling and complete refurbishing of the upper. The cost is approximately $125. With this excellent program, you can easily get many years of regular wear out of Alden's quality shoes. Which is important, as you'll surely grow very attached to them.
The Alden Shoe Company was founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Massachusetts, and it remains in that same town to this very day. Since its inception, the Alden Shoe Company has designed and manufactured classic gentlemen's footwear that represents America's tradition of old-school, custom shoemaking at its finest. They have the well-earned reputation of being the best shoe manufacturer in the United States, and one of the top shoemakers in the world.
Given a modern world that too often prizes the promotion rather than the product, you might well imagine these old-fashioned talents for craft and honest value to be irretrievably lost. Alden's footwear stands as clear, adamant proof to the contrary. Each of their classically designed shoes are handworked from the finest leathers, represent a century-old tradition of craftsmanship, and reflect in a quiet, sure way the solid values and timeless style of the man who wears them. Epaulet is honored to be one of their official dealers.