"seems" is the key word. Alden gives a better feeling of luxury/exclusivity than Allen Edmonds. There is little to no difference in material and construction. That's good to know. I've never owned / worn Alden's, but I've gathered that they have a better reputation here on SF so I perceived them to be of superior quality. I have five (soon to be six) pairs of AE's that I've been happy with, so maybe I can stick with the "known commodity".