Alden Men's Long Wing Blucher Shell Cordovan

Style #: 97894, 975, 9751

Average Customer Review 4 out of 5 stars (3)
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Price:  $752.00

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Bootmaker Edition much sought after shell cordovan long wing blucher oxford. Alden shell cordovan shoes are finished by Alden's master craftsman. They are admired by the finest boot and shoemakers throughout the world. Using the centuries-old method of pure vegetable tanning and hand finishing, the single tannery still producing genuine shell cordovan today is indeed practicing a rare art. The tanning process takes a full six months to complete and produces leather that is soft and supple, yet very durable. Dovetailed heels, full glove leather lined flexible pure vegetable tanned leather insoles. Unsurpassed for breathable comfort and long wear, it assumes over time the contours of your foot shape giving a truly custom quality to the fit. Beneath the insole is a layer of cork, providing additional resilience and insulation. Every Alden New England shoe carries a tempered steel shank, precisely contoured and triple ribbed for extra strength. Truly the backbone of a fine welt shoe or boot, the shank provides the proper support and shape required to give comfort throughout the day. Oak tanned leather bends are cut into outsoles at factory for maximum control of quality. Shoe mart is proud to offer this custom Bootmaker Edition model, crafted not only with good looks, but with the integrity of fine shoemaking, a special addition to your wardrobe.

Shell cordovan long wing blucher oxford
Dovetailed heels
Full glove leather lined pure vegetable tanned leather insoles
Double oak leather outsoles
Barrie last

Customer Reviews 4 out of 5 stars (3)

Shoe Size: 66% of people said that this shoe "Felt true to size"
Shoe Width: 66% of people said that this shoe "Felt true to width"

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670 of 1316 people found the following review helpful:
5 out of 5 stars Beautiful!! 05/24/2012
Shoe Size: Fits true to size
Shoe Width: Fits true to width
Reviewer: A viewer from Lewiston, ME US
Absolutely love these shoes! Nothing looks better than long wings!
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682 of 1334 people found the following review helpful:
2 out of 5 stars Very disappointed 05/15/2012
Shoe Size: Fits true to size
Shoe Width: Fits wide
Reviewer: Edward O. from Massachusetts
I thought I was in for a real treat when I finally decided to upgrade to a pair of Alden shell-cordovans. I'm sorry I bought them. A shoe this expensive should both look great (they do) and feel great (not). I ordered a half size lower than normal as instructed. The length is fine the width at the arch and ball of my foot is also fine. They fit OK at first.

The problem with this shoe is that the heel area is sloppy. The shoe does not securely wrap around the heel and ankle..the heel area is too wide basically. Now that I've broken them in for two weeks, when walking feel like I'm wearing a pair of slippers or flip flops the way back end moves around. I suppose I could wear thick socks, but then the middle of the shoe is too tight. I'm about to throw them away and go back to the Florshiem Imperial Kenmoore, which fit perfectly. I hope my wife doesn't see them in the trash.

What a pity; I really wanted to enjoy this shoe for years. The situation is probably only going to get worse as the shoe stretches over time and/or a hole in the glove lining forms from all the movement and rubbing. After searching online I found out other people have this same complaint...should have researched it better before buying.

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1015 of 2019 people found the following review helpful:
5 out of 5 stars Exceptional Dress Shoe 04/26/2011
Shoe Size: Fits half size larger
Shoe Width: Fits true to width
Reviewer: Mr Smith from Placentia, CA US
Those of you accustomed to the exceptional fit and finish of an Alden shoe will NOT be disappointed here. The shell leather shines like a mirror. My family gave me these shoes as a birthday gift, and I was so pleased with them! They are very comfortable and beautiful. I can walk/stand in these shoes for hours without fatigue. The substantial build of these shoes does make for a heavier feel, but the super-comfortable footbed will hold up your weight all day.

As it states in the product info, the shoe built on the Barrie Last does fit a half-size larger than usual. So make sure to adjust your purchase accordingly.

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