Thank you for your guidance. How do these Alden BB shoes compare to the current day Peal (C&J) version of the lace up cap toe bal. I have worn both and they seem comparable in quality and comfort. The Peal C&J's retail for around $368; the Aldens, $315. Not sure it is worth the extra money.
BB still sells the Alden-made shoes in addition to Peal shoes made by both Alfred Sargent and C&J. The Peal BB shoes and the Alden BB shoes both have the same price ($378), and both of them are overpriced at that level. I'd probably prefer the Peal shoes because they have channelled soles and a more elegant last, and it looks like more effort was taken finishing the details of the Peal shoes. I never worn the Peal shoes, so I can't comment on fit, comfort, or durability; but based just on what I have observed, it seems like the Peal shoes are marginally better.