Do the AE shoes for BB have the same kind of heel pad? IIRC a lot of the AE for BB have a combination heel instead of the standard AE rubber heel. I suppose the only way these aren't Alden is if AE for BB has these heel pads, which I doubt. Also, how confident are you that the guy actually spoke with Alden? Did he speak with someone at HQ or just some sales rep in a store?