Longwing Bluchers / Derby Buying Guide: From Cheap to Investment Worthy

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So, you read that (overly) thorough review of those beautiful Grant Stone’s the other day and now you’re in the market for a pair of longwing “American brogues”? We’ve got you covered. But if you’re new to this style of shoe, here’s what makes a longwing brogue:

  • Unlike many other (most?) wingtips, the “wing” sweeps all the way around to the back of the heel, as opposed to dipping down towards the sole about halfway back.
  • Open, blucher or derby style lacing.

The result is a shoe that somehow walks the line between casual and dress unlike any other. Casual enough to wear with jeans, but you can pull them off with certain suits too (you might notice that J. Crew loves to shoot their suits with longwing bluchers). Now that that’s covered, here are a handful of stylish options to consider at various price points:

 

#1. The Budget Pick: Aston Grey Lovorwen via DSW – $ 99.99

Aston Grey Lovorwen via DSW

You think you love the look of a brogued wingtip and you want to give them a try, but you’re not ready to commit half your rent check on an investment grade pair quite yet? The almond-shaped, lightly burnished toe and slightly darker tan color makes this pair from Aston Grey the versatile Budget Pick. (Pro-tip: If you sign up for DSW’s newsletter email, you’ll get $ 10 off and free shipping!)

 

#2. The Smart Casual Pick: Meermin Chestnut Country Calf Long Wing Bluchers – $ 175 (plus shipping)

Meermin Chestnut Country Calf Long Wing Bluchers

For those who love dressing up a pair of raw denim jeans or pressed chinos, this pair from Meermin comes loaded with texture in the form of chestnut country calf. A noticeable upgrade in quality over most mall brand shoes, Meermin’s bluchers use full grain French leather, thick vegetable tanned leather insoles, a rubber outsole, and are stitched with proper Goodyear welting. Consider these the Smart Casual bargain coming in under two Benjamins. Returns are relatively easy, too, if you’re not sure of your sizing. Meermin’s store in SoHo NYC accepts returned goods. Just know that you’re on the hook for steep international outbound shipping ($ 35) as well as shipping them back to NYC if they don’t work out. So $ 175 is NOT the price you pay. More like $ 210. Best case. But still, many see these as an amazing value.

 

#3. The New Standard: Grant Stone LWB Crimson Chromexcel – $ 350

Grant Stone LWB

Of course a pair of Grant Stone’s terrific longwings made the list. Editor’s Note: And no, they didn’t pay to be here. No one does. Ever. After testing the British tan pair around the house for a few days, I secretly wished for something slightly darker for Fall that could easily take me from my conservative business casual office straight to dinner and drinks with friends. Say hello to The New Standard. Using Horween’s legendary Chromexcel leather and a micro studded rubber sole, Grant Stone has delivered one of the best do everything, go everywhere shoes at a price point that’s hard to beat. Rock these ‘wings with your suit and tie or hoodie and jeans.

 

#4. The American Classic: Allen Edmonds MacNeil – $ 425 (firsts) or $ 299 (seconds)

Allen Edmonds MacNeil

The original Allen Edmonds MacNeil longwing was introduced way back in the early 1960’s. It is still on offer today because the tapered, sleekish silhouette fills the niche for lots of people searching for a stylish, yet conservative business shoe. Still proudly hand assembled in Allen Edmond’s Port Washington, WI factory, the MacNeil can be ordered in a few different shades of “premium” calfskin with double oak leather soles or an optional studded rubber sole. I am particularly fond of the Walnut shade and think it looks best when worn with lighter blue, brown, or green suiting. (Pro-tip: If $ 425 is out of your budget, but you still want American made shoes, roll the dice on some “seconds” quality MacNeils. Typically, manufacturing defects are more visual than structural. Just know that you’ll have to shell out for a $ 25 restocking fee for any returns on seconds through the mail.)

 

#5. The Spanish Armada: Carmina 532 Bluchers – $ 450

Carmina 532 Bluchers

The Albaladejo family that owns Carmina and Meermin have been crafting shoes around Mallorca, Spain since 1866. Carmina is the Audi to Meermin’s Volkswagen: more refined and more robust. This pair in brown vegano leather is particularly beautiful, as the darker brogueing accentuates the perfect shade of mid brown. Paired with a brown Dainite studded rubber sole and a storm welt, this is the pair you reach for if you’re headed for that red-carpet movie premiere in the city or taking your partner to an anniversary dinner atop the Eiffel Tower and you’re not sure where the night will take you. Right? People do that, don’t they?

 

#6. The Three Identical Strangers: Alden LWB in Brown, Green, or Blue – $ 595

Alden Longwings

You dream of someday living in the PNW with your partner and pup, spending your weekends window shopping all of your favorite retailers who specialize in niche Japanese raw denim, British heritage outerwear, and American made shoes that you can barely afford. You enjoy taking photos of your recent purchases and share them regularly with your followers on social media, even though you’re not an “influencer.” If any of that rings true, you can’t go wrong with these special suede makeups from Alden. Those hunting green suede ‘wings would look killer with your cuffed Momotaro jeans and Private White V.C. Harrington jacket!

 

#7. The King Wing: Alden LWB in Color #8 Shell Cordovan – $ 760

Alden LWB in Color #8 Shell Cordovan

Introduced in 1958, Alden’s #975 Color 8 Shell Cordovan longwing bluchers originally sold for around $ 30. Calculating for inflation over the past 60 years, you would think these “Grail” worthy shoes should retail for around $ 260. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case as the unique equine leather alone can easily cost upwards of $ 100 per square foot. For comparison, the Horween Chromexcel leather used to craft those $ 350 Grant Stone’s generally sells for around $ 6 per square foot. What makes Shell Cordovan so special?

For starters, it’s pretty rare. Horses have two “shells” or layers of fibrous flat muscle beneath the hide on the rump. Each shell can be used to produce a single shoe. As horses aren’t a large part of the world’s food industry these days, the leather is always in short supply.

Next, the tanning and dyeing process for Shell Cordovan can take up to six months and a lot of manpower to perfect the 100+ year old recipe. Only the most senior and talented employees work on the Cordovan shells.

Finally, Shell Cordovan is incredibly durable. It was originally developed for straight razor strops, but now it’s mainly used in footwear and small leather goods. As the leather gets worn and ages, it tends to roll like a wave instead of crease and wrinkle. The dye colors shift, too – Horween’s infamous Color #8 starts out as a deep, rich shade of burgundy and ages gracefully into gradients of cabernet red, eggplant purple, and milk chocolate. No two shells are alike; each will age differently.

We’re all in agreement that $ 760 is a lot of money for a pair of shoes. What you get for your investment is a pair that could literally last you a lifetime if taken care of. They’re one of the pinnacles of American style. They are Gunboats – solid, sturdy, if not a bit heavy. The King Wings.

NOTE: Shoes at top of post, moving from left to right: They’re all Alden Long Wings. Tan Suede, Shell Cordovan, and Whiskey shell cordovan. All can be hard to find, depending on the retailer you’re going through. The Color #8 pair with black edge dressing were purchased from J. Crew, which is short on supply right now. Brick + Mortar in Seattle sells the same shoe, only with “antique” light brown edge dressing. Same shoes otherwise. 


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She Won $1.2 Million Betting $18 on Kentucky Derby Underdog Horses

Justify may have won the Kentucky Derby this weekend, but the real winner of the day is a black Texas woman who raked in $ 1.2 million on an $ 18 bet.

Yes, you read that right. Opting to remain anonymous, the Austin woman made her picks in Salem, Texas. on Saturday—some 1,100 miles away from Churchill Downs where Justify (the winning thoroughbred horse) would later win the 144th annual Kentucky Derby. According to ABC News, she not only made a Pick 5 wager at the Retama Park racetrack in Salem, she also selected the winners of all four races leading up to the main event.

She started with the eight race on Saturday when 6-year old Limousine Liberal won the Churchill Downs Stakes. She also picked Maraud to win the American Turf Stakes in the ninth race, and Funny Duck to take the Pat Day Mile race despite the 39-1 odds. She picked Yoshida in the 11th race, a 9-1 long shot who beat out the favorite Beach Patrol by a nose in the Old Forester Turf Classic. Her easiest bet was Justify, who was favorite to win at 3-1 odds.



To put her win in perspective, the co-owners of Justify: WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing, and the China Horse Club, bought Justify in 2016 for $ 500,000. After its win on Saturday, the horse earned its owners a $ 1.24 million payday, a 1.485 return on their investment in one day. The anonymous Texas woman’s $ 1.2 million win, however, gives her a whopping 66.7% return on her measly $ 18 investment.

“It’s extremely rare,” Rachel Bagnetto, a spokeswoman for Retama Park told ABC News. “To bet that little amount of money and win $ 1.2 million is unheard of. In fact, it’s the first time it’s happened at Retama.”

What is also rare on the day was Justify becoming the first horse in 136 years to win at Churchill Downs after not racing as a two-year-old.

Here’s a breakdown of the $ 2 million purse between the top five finishers:

First place (Justify): $ 1.24 million
Second place (Good Magic): $ 400,000
Third place (Audible): $ 200,000
Fourth place (Instilled Regard): $ 100,000
Fifth place (My Boy Jack): $ 60,000

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These Very Wet Kentucky Derby Fans Won’t Let a Little Rain Ruin Their Race

The Kentucky Derby quickly turned into a muddy affair as rain poured on Churchill Downs Saturday

However, thousands still came out to watch the Run for the Roses. The weather also brings in an interesting element for those betting on the race as some horses run better on mud than others.

It seems like many Kentucky Derby-goers weren’t betting on rain though, and many were clad in ponchos over suits and summery dresses. Umbrellas also aren’t allowed at the Kentucky Derby to prevent obscured views.

It’s forecast to continue raining through the 144th Kentucky Derby’s post time of 6:34 p.m. on Saturday – making a likely repeat of last year’s soggy derby in which Always Dreaming won.

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Sean M. Haffey—Getty ImagesA fan looks for shelter as it rains prior to the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky
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John Minchillo—AP/REX/ShutterstockCurt Schuman of Louisville looks at a program before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Ky on May 5, 2018
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Sean M. Haffey—Getty ImagesA fan looks for shelter as it rains prior to the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky
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Sean M. Haffey—Getty ImagesPatrons deal with rain prior to the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville

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Reminder: What Kim Kardashian West Wore to the Kentucky Derby in 2009

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The mother-daughter duo expertly coordinated every detail of their black-and-white outfits, from their white dresses and black shoes to their oversize round sunglasses and ribbon-bedecked hats. What a difference nine years makes, right? Scroll down to see the throwback red carpet looks.

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Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter Is Adorable In Annual Kentucky Derby Showing

No matter who snags the crown Saturday, Dannielynn Birkhead and father LarryBirkhead have won for the sweetest dad-and-daughter appearance.

The 10-year-old daughter of the late model Anna Nicole Smith continued her annual tradition of hitting the Kentucky Derby red carpet with her father this weekend. Both were decked out in cream and pink outfits Saturday, with Dannielynn topping her outfit off with a headpiece perfectly suited for the festivities. 

The pair also made an appearance the night before, all dolled up in formal attire for the 29th Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve gala.

In an interview with the “Today” show last year, Larry explained that he’s not interested in pushing his daughter into the spotlight.

“People call me all the time and say can she be in a movie, can she model?” Birkhead said at the time. “I didn’t care about it, so I’d say no, she’s not interested. She’s just a regular kid.”

Dannielynn has been making the Kentucky Derby rounds with her dad since 2010, when she was 3 years old. Clearly, her love of pink hasn’t changed a bit. And neither has her close bond with her dad.

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Walk-Over Derby 100 Suede Oxford Shoes (For Men)

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Sorel Derby Oxford Shoes – Leather (For Women)

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