I can only speak for the NYC stores—they often have “dead stock”, custom one-offs and Nordstrom Rack unsolds. It's a terrible place to shop, but in so being, gems pop in and no one seems to notice them—except for folks who know what to look for. What's more, you have to go through maybe sixty pairs of awful Aldos and Stacy Adams' for every AE you run across. Ugh. But there are some serious winners.
The three stores you want to hit to find 'em are: Burlington Coat Factory on Sixth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets, the one on 14th Street & Union Square, and lastly the one in Brooklyn at Sleepy's Atlantic Center. They all even do Lay-A-Way. But the stores are not stocked in an eye-pleasing way, there are no boxes (but occasionally the original flannel bags are on or in the shoes). Some are marked seconds with the little brand/tick grooved into the sole just below the Allen Edmonds brand. They'll usually run from between $99-$139. If a pair sits for a while and nobody nabs it, it'll be further reduced to around $70. You may not find the best selection of the classics like Fifth and Park Avenues and so on, but you will find high-end rarities and the occasional classic as well as quite a few of the golf stuff. The less common widths will be more plentiful as will the larger sizes (Gobs of the Independence series at the Atlantic Center Store in 13 and 14s)—Es and 3Es. Check for defects like misaligned eyelets and stitch drift on the soles and you can walk out of there with some awesome stuff. Wearing my new Suede Sanibel Loafers today. Got 'em for $70! :)
Thanks for the detailed information. I checked out my local Burlington in California and I found 5 pairs of AE. None were in my width and one was a golf shoe, but it shows that they will show up on the shelf and it will be worth swinging by on my way home from work occasionally.