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Alden x Leffot Longwings

The Longwing Blucher is not exclusive to Alden, in fact it’s been in production in the US and UK for many years. It is however a very American style and is often referred to around Northampton as the American wingtip. Which is to say this shoe has All American staying power.

Alden of New England has perfected the use of shell cordovan in making the LWB. One of the ways they do that is by using cordovan tanned only by Horween Leather Company in Chicago Illinois. It is with this cordovan that we designed our two new LWB made expressly for Leffot.

Color 8 and Black shell cordovan is the backbone of any shoe collection and yet some men are without either. If you are a lover of cordovan and longwings these shoes are designed for you.

Barrie Last, Black Shell Cordovan, Red Lining, Double Leather Soles

Barrie Last, Color 8 Shell Cordovan, Double Waterlock Soles, Antique Edge


Rider Boot Co. Trunk Show

We invite you to join us October 21st 12pm–7pm & 22nd 11am–7pm when Ron Rider, founder of Rider Boot Co. returns to New York for our fall show at Leffot.

Rider pulls out all the stops when it comes to samples, leathers and colors. Many of you know Ron and have worn his shoes and boots for years. Come in to say hello and see the newest models that he’s been working on and a wide variety of boot possibilities.

Rider Boot Co. offers classic boot styles using a wide variety of hard-wearing yet elegant materials, such as calfskin, rough out leather, kudu, suede, and exotics and of course Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan.

Ron has been very busy developing new models in Italy and will be presenting several of them at this show. If you’re a boot guy you won’t want to miss this event.

For more information about this event or to make an appointment please contact us at 212-989-4577 or

 Hobo Boot, Brown Rough-out Cowhide, Sestriere Soles

Polishing Cordovan

Polishing your own shoes is a very gratifying experience. It need not be overly complicated and it should not cause you stress, relax and enjoy. Your shoes will mean more to you than ever if you have a little sweat equity invested. Remember how proud you felt after you washed and waxed your car in high school? Polishing your shoes is no different.

This tutorial is a “basic overview” of how to clean and polish your cordovan shoes; we hope you find it helpful. Like everything else there are many variations and everyone has their own personal preferences. It’s kind like asking how you like your steak cooked to each his own. The point is start with the basics; keep working at it and in time you’ll begin to develop your own technique.

Rider Boot Trunk Show

A reminder that Leffot is hosting our first Rider Boot Co. trunk show today from 12-7. Ron Rider and I will be on hand to assist you in selecting the vital components to build the boots of your dreams.

In addition we will have try on pairs to help determine your size, the key to any made to order pair.

Ron specializes in fabricating boots in shell cordovan, many colors of which are created especially for him by Horween Leather. In fact today we received a swatch of a new color “Moka”, a very rich dark chocolate brown similar to espresso.

No appointment is necessary and all are welcome. If you’re in the New York area I encourage you to stop by, you won’t be disappointed.

Rider Boot Co. Trunk Show

Save the date; Thursday July 23 Ron Rider of the Rider Boot Co. will visit Leffot from 12-7, presenting samples of his finely crafted boots. Rider Boot Co. Specializes in producing footwear made of Horween Shell Cordovan of which, many colors and grains are produced at the request of Rider Boot Co.

We are very excited to host this, our first trunk show together. There will be many samples to choose from, as well as try on pairs to make sure you find the correct size. This is an excellent opportunity to meet Ron, discuss boots and order a pair or two just the way you like them.

Here are just a couple of examples of the classic styling that Rider Boot Co. produces.

Chukka Boots in Whiskey Shell Cordovan

Balmoral Boots in #6 Shell Cordovan

Alden 9901

Nothing says Alden more than Shell Cordovan, they are the largest producer of shell cordovan shoes in the United States if not the world. Our newest addition is the 9901 Plain Toe Blucher in black shell cordovan on double leather Goodyear welted soles.

These shoes are on the Alden Barrie Last, which runs about a full size larger than your American foot size. A great shoe that gets better over time.

Kind of like Police Dress Shoe meets School Uniform Shoe……