Nah, that's bullshit. This increasing is web pricing. If you can find a place that sells Alden locally the prices will always be lower. There's a really great place near where I live that's an Alden retailer and they have the Indy for 385. Most of the calf leather shoes are below 400.
lol, it's the evil Alden retailer cartel.
I'm pretty sure that retailers are locked into a set or minimum price.