Another takeaway from my own experience and posts on this thread,
is that AE's willingness and mechanism in place to support uncommon sizes is a godsend to some of us.
Very similar, but not quite the same. The tab that goes across the top of the shoe does not extend all the way down the sides on the Singleton (which I prefer), whereas it does on the Randolph.
Just a heads up for any people new to the shoebank like me - if you're returning seconds, call the main customer service AE line for a prepaid label, not the store where you ordered them from. The store kind of blew me off when I called and said "we'll make sure we send it to you", while the main support line sent me one literally as soon as I got off the phone with them.
I do not know why some consider Alden a step up from AE. I have owned 2 Alden, sold one because the Barrie last did not work for my feet, but have kept the Grant last boot. I do not find them any better than my AE's although have to admit the shoe bags are nicer . C&J has several grades and if you go up in price I'm sure they are "nicer". I had a pair of C&J for RL Marlow's for a year but ended up selling them due to fit, and found them about the same as AE and Alden concerning quality. All of the ones I have owned, AE, Alden and C&J were\are great shoes.
When you start going way up in price I do not feel the shoes available are a good value to me, and I don't really care for the style of most of them to be honest. AE hits a sweet spot for me and as importantly most of the lasts fit my feet very well.
I like the Rush St
What last is those Velcro sneakers on?