I have a pair of Alden shoes from Brooks Brothers and (ignoring shouts to go join AskAndy) I really love them. I think the leather is outstanding, as is the comfort (I did some homemade antiquing with fire, as you'll recall). I recently took a closer look at the BB Peal shoes, and I was really impressed with the last shape. They have a nice faux beveled waist, and seem to have a nice solid welt. Pretty elegant designs as well, albeit not unique (I think there may be something to the theory that Brooks owns the old Peal lasts, meaning that AS or CJ can't make the same shoes under their own name). What I'm wondering is how the leather quality of the Peals is compared to the Alden. How does the leather wear? How does the welt hold up? Anyone know? Thanks.