Bruce Boyer once wrote about this, but I forget the details without checking. Essentially, they are the same shoes except for minor details.Are they pretty much the same shoe except for the label?? Will they fit the same as each other??
Also, how are the BB Peal and Co. shoes compared to the BB Aldens??
I don't know whether Brooks started out with them, but for many years before they went to C&J, the vendor for Brooks Peals was Edward Green, which is better yet. At least such is my understanding. As I recall, Green also made shoes for Nordstrom at one time.Bruce Boyer once wrote about this, but I forget the details without checking. Essentially, they are the same shoes except for minor details.
Brooks' Peal brand is more problematic to compare. They used to all be English, and may still be, but the they've expanded the manufactures that they re-brand as Peal. Started out as all Crockett and Jones, which IMO is an even better shoe than Alden, then they were using a lot of Alfred Seargent, and I don't know what else.
Another little quirky difference in models is I think the Alden for BB PTB has metal lace eyelets, and no storm welt, whereas the regular Alden PTB has plain eyelets with a storm welt.There are some minor details that generally separate the BB models. For example, on the tassel loafer, the Alden model has a simple strip of leather covering the rear seam, while the BB model has what they term "foxing", essentially some detailed stitching in place of the leather strip.