Interesting feedback....it seems like allen edmonds are a decent enough shoe for the retail price, but once you start a comparison/ competition between Allen Edmonds and any other shoe brands aside from kenneth cole and cole haan, Allen Edmonds loses the comparison/competition almost invariably and across the board. So basically, if any other, even half decent, shoe maker begins to produce shoes in multiple widths, Allen Edmonds would likely be staring at bankruptcy. ..which sounds like allen edmonds, in many instances, is a value due to lack of options rather than any inherently superior craftsmanship.
I would disagree with this. A few pages back someone posted a link to a guy who did a "tear down" of multiple shoe brands, including John Lobb. What he basically found was (at least in his opinion) that the Allen Edmonds were on the same level of quality as other, more expensive brands (but they lacked the obvious signs of hand made shoes). I view shoes in three tiers: Cole Haan/Kenneth Cole/Johnston & Murphy; Allen Edmonds; then the really expensive brands. However, in terms of quality I personally place Allen Edmonds right up there with the best. They are by far the highest quality shoes I've ever worn and look much, much better than just about all other shoes I see guys wearing at work. They have a customer for life in me.