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Looks like they are phasing out Alden in favor of AE. At least the price went down a bit.
The Alden calf shoes seemed to be in a dead zone of pricing for BB--just too close in price to the Peals to merit much attention.
I don't see this as good news for anybody. AE already has solid - maybe even saturated - distribution; adding the brooks brothers channel doesn't do a whole lot for them. Alden, on the other hand, isn't a shoe that you can buy at every mall, and this just further pushes them into a tiny niche. It's true that their niche is having a renaissance right now, but what happens in three years when it goes bust and they don't have a steady order stream from Brooks Brothers?