Maybe copying the "iconic" Indy, arguably Alden's most recognized model, pushes things a little too far for some of us? Just speculating. I saw the other Ludlows when they came out and I knew they were trying to provide their customers with more affordable GYW shoes in Alden's style (which is not a bad move as others pointed out - though I personally wouldn't touch them bc I'm a snob), which did not bother me. LWBs, SWBs, PTBs, etc, are classic styles that most makers carry. But the new work style boot- esp. the very obvious way in which it tries to exactly copy the Indy... it strikes me as an uncreative, disrespectful, shameless ripoff. It crosses a line for me. That said, I'll get over it and still buy those things I like from JCrew (oh the hypocrisy).
But as some have stated, nobody owns a style. Sure, it's an Indy knockoff but so what? Not everyone can afford to drop $500+ on a pair of Indys. J Crew is simply offering the same style at a cheaper price point. Likewise with the Frye Walter boot. Alden snobs will continue to buy Alden, so what difference does it make? If you saw someone wearing the J Crew boot would you sit there and sneer at them because it's not an Indy? I think some of you are making a mountain out of a molehill