Just saw this ad in this morning's L.A. Times: "First Introduced Peal & Company 1953 Long before Henry Sands Brooks founded Brooks Brothers in 1818, he was known for the fine clothing he brought back from England. Continuing that tradition, Brooks Brothers introduced ready-made Peal shoes to America some 52 years ago. Today, Brooks Brothers remains the only source, anywhere, for this exquisite footwear." Given that the Brooks Peals are manufactured by Alfred Sargent, whose shoes are most certainly available from other sources, isn't this a bit deceptive or at best disingenuous? Do the Brooks-Peal Sargents differ significantly in quality or design from similar Sargent products marketed under Sargent's own name? In that case, Brooks might be forgiven a bit of puffery. And how "exquisite" are they? I don't hear Sargents discussed much in the fora. Those I have looked at impress me as good, decent shoes, but the Brooks-Aldens impress me as being a tad nicer. Or is this just nationalistic prejudice on my part?