Hello, I've read with great interest past threads on this board about the difference between Alden name brand shell cordovan shoes and the rebadged Alden counterparts sold under the Brooks Brothers nameplate. Some past threads from a few years back note that some of the Brooks Brothers versions may be unlined or "seconds" -- not quite as good as the versions sold with Alden name. What are "seconds"? Blemished or subpar in some way? A couple of all the time classic Aldens I'm interested in are the Shell Cordovan #8 penny loafer 986 and the Black Shell Blucher 9901. I've seen these rebadged models at Brooks Brothers. I believe BB model numbers may be 034H & 091H, respectively. Has anyone inspected / worn both the Aldens and Brook Brothers rebadged versions? How do the BB's compare to the Alden branded versions. Are the BB's still unlined? Are the BB's subpar in quality compared to the Alden counterparts? How much better, if any, are the Alden badged versions? Here's some pics of the Aldens: Thanks!
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4/12/10 at 10:04pm