Btw, how can you tell which last is which on the Aldens? My expertise is limited to the Brits and a few Italians.
The easiest way is probably to go to a website like the Alden Shop in San Francisco
that lists the lasts used on the various styles of shoes. The shoes that Brooks Brothers sells are, for the most part (the lining on the shell cordovan penny loafer, the foxing on the tassel loafer, and a couple of other details excepted), identical to the regular Alden models and are made on the same lasts. Shell cordovan wing-tip bal: Tremont last (although BB may have some old stock made on the Grant last) Shell cordovan plain-toe blucher: Barrie last Tassel loafer: Aberdeen last Cap-toe blucher: Aberdeen last