On my personal scale of 1-10, I'd rate Allen-Edmonds a 10. Â By comparison, I'd give Alden a 9, and I'd give all other RTW shoemakers in the world a big fat zero. Now let me explain my reasoning. Â This is my personal opinion, based on my own shoe experiences. Â I have a very narrow foot, and wear either a 12A or 12AA depending on the shoe. Â A-E and Alden are the only two makers I can find anywhere who make the size I need. Â A-E gets a slight edge over Alden for value and availability of the narrow sizes. I do agree with most other posters here in wishing that A-Es were more stylish or elegant, but I applaud A-E for realizing that not everyone can fit into a standard D width. I don't know how many times I've drooled over pictures posted on this forum of EG, C&J, etc., knowing that they would simply never work for me. I'll continue to wear my A-Es and appreciate them for the solidly constructed, American-made, good value that they are. Â And I pray that they don't go the way of many other shoemakers and ignore the hard-to-fit sizes that may not make economic sense for them to produce.