I own twelve pairs of AE. I have broadened recently, with purchases of EG, C&J, Santoni, Tramezza, but still keep coming back to Allen Edmonds. I've purchased most of them for $150.00, and it is just really hard to justify paying three or four times that much for a single pair.
Also, I have four pairs of Crockett & Jones handgrades, and their leather seems to hold up less well than the AEs. The creasing on them is worse, and they don't take a shine as well. As far as shape goes, there is nothing elegant about any last when you have size 13 feet. My 337 last shoes look like swords on my feet. Don't get me wrong, I like them very much, but clunky ain't all bad when you have big dogs like mine.