If the headline seems confusing, it is. This eBay listing, 380920680069, states the shoes are Allen Edmonds made for Alden.
Allen Edmonds makes shoes for Allen Edmonds. Alden makes shoes for Alden. Simple enough. What is also simple to see is if the gold colored insole bottom stamp says “Alden,” it’s a safe bet it’s an Alden shoe. Next, look at the back of the heel. There is a distinctive rectangle stitch at the bottom of the heel back where it meets the sole. This is a particular stitch to Alden found on the Alden 964. It’s also found on the Brooks Brothers same split toe blucher, which is also made by Alden with style number 1352. Next, look at the folds of the shoe tops. These are classic shell cordovan folds compared to leather wrinkles. What might throw off some lookers are the soles and heels. They have been replace, so no dovetail heels and no Alden stamp on the instep area.
Now for the difference in price. The Alden shell cordovans new retail clock in at $715. Recent sales of used ones on eBay come in at a low of $175 and a high of $692. Leather Aldens in the same style are $50 to $245. Current bid price on this pair of Alden shell cordovans $61 with a little more than three days to go. Auction ends Jun 11, 2014 at 16:58:04 PDT.