If anyone's interested, eBay/PayPal ruled in the buyer's favor, despite the following evidence. Note that the listing was titled "Alden for Brooks Brothers", claimed only that Alden manufactured the shoes, and the pictures clearly showed only "Brooks Brothers" on the insole.
- An email from Alden SF confirming that they make the shoe.
- An email from the Alden factory confirming that they make the shoe.
- This video of Kathy from Alden DC, where at 44 seconds she explains that BB sells Alden shoes without Alden branding.
- The Q&A section for this Alden for BB shoe, where someone asks "Who makes these shoes?" and BB answers "The manufacturer is Alden for Brooks Brothers."
Perhaps I should've put a disclaimer such as "While Alden makes these shoes, there is no Alden branding on them." But, it took PayPal less than 2 hours to make a ruling, and they never followed up with me, so I'm not convinced that it would have made a difference.
In legal speak, it sounds as if the ruling was arbitrary and capricious. Unfortunate ....