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It is pretty lame, but they are significantly cheaper ($248). J Crew also has their Ludlow wingtips which also appear to be a wannabe Alden LWB (cigar-looking calf, I guess, with stacked leather heels). I suppose there is nothing wrong with trying to come up with a cheap knock off. I guess I would be more offended if they tried to compete with Alden's versions at the same price point.
+1, congrats ironclad... patience is a virtue! Enjoy often and in great health my friend!
Snap! These gently broken in snap lasted Alden for Brooks Brothers perforated cap toes arrived today, fresh off eBay. Don't know the seller, but I really like these babies, and appreciate the original box AND Brooks shoe trees. Way to make a buyer happy! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Awesome!! Enjoy them often and great health my friend!!
This article has a quick Q&A that mentions grading shell for quality
Turns out equine hides were the start-up product for Horween
Haha, who's going to buy Jcrew shoes if they tried to replicate Alden's exact shoes with similar price point?
I think that's always been J Crew's MO - to have their own branded versions of popular items - button downs, polo shirts, pants, jackets, socks ... and shoes. Same as many retailers. I'm not a J Crew historian but the "J Crew in Good Company" marketing strategy was fairly recent. But an Indy rip off does seem a bit over the top. I haven't seen it and have no plans to go looking for it.
And, no way I could resist a knockoff Indy in ravello or navy shell.