Is it me, or is JCrew's Ludlow line of shoes suspiciously Alden-esque?
They are obviously not quite the same with a different leather supplier and no cordovan, but very similar looks.
I briefly owned the Ludlow wingtips in cigar brown (didn't even realize Alden had a 'cigar' at the time), and style-wise they are pretty much knockoffs of Alden LWBs (differences I noticed were the wing tip doesn't go as high/pointed, and different medallion design), but they just felt lower quality overall so I sold them after a few wears.
J.Crew obviously had their design team rip off Alden designs like their Pacer boot (Indiana Pacers...?) but there must be a market for them as a more affordable option to their Alden line.
I was pretty surprised at how blatant the rip-offs were, but Alden doesn't seem to have a problem with them, seeing as how J. Crew continues to sell both.
FWIW, I have Kenton (not Ludlow) suede PTBs in four colors and like them just fine. Chinese-made, but Goodyear-welted and I paid <$150 per pair.