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??
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. IMO Alfred Seargent is a good shoe of roughly the same quality as Alden, though the lasts will fit differently.
I've long prefered higher quality English shoes for so-called dress, and American maufacture for shoes that will largely be worn with more rustic clothing.
Though I've had little recent experience with Alden, I think I recall that most of their lasts have a fairly broad heels. I prefer shoes that don't.