i just purchased my first pair of aldens from Moulded. great guys. a long-wing modified last, 587. pictures below. i have a narrow heel, apparently. the modified last started as an orthopetic thing, apparently.
---------some info about the modified-----------
LIMITED TO STOCK ON HAND
Pattern:\tFive eyelet Long Wing Tip Blucher Oxford.
Upper:\tImported alpine grain calfskin in antiqued brown (#587) and black (#588).
Lining:\tGlove leather quarter lining, heavy 100% cotton duck toe lining.
Outsole:\tPrime selection oak bend leather outsoles.
Heel:\tRight and left angled orthopedic rubber heels.
Counters:\tSpecial counters for Modified Last, slight inner extension gives proper support without interference.
Shank:\tHeavy, ribbed, tempered steel right and left shanks. Positioned from well back in the heel seat and extending forward to support the metatarsal area.
Insole: \tNatural vegetable-tanned leather insole features special reinforced rib for extra strength during modification and rebuilding.
Fitting:\tUse the Modified Last in fittings where a high arch or contracted foot type is found. The Modified Last can also give excellent results with flexible pronated foot shapes that respond to prescribed correction. See Modified Last Facts & Fitting Guidelines for details.
The Modified Last is one of the most versatile lasts ever developed. It will fit a high arch contracted type foot more successfully than any other last. Yet, it will fit with excellent results the pronated weakened foot type as well. This universal aspect of the Modified Last gives it a unique reputation as a reliable fitter for true comfort.
The Modified is essentially an oversized last with a snug waist and arch which gently support the foot in a balanced position in weight bearing. The broad toe offers unrestricted toe room along the inner border as well as along the third, fourth and fifth toes. The short backpart holds the foot in firm control even with prescribed corrections.
The Modified Last is used in fittings where a high arch or contracted foot type is found. There is ample room to accommodate plantar inserts where prescribed. The Modified Last may be used for pronated foot shapes, particularly flexible feet which will respond to prescribed correction. Remember that the Modified Last carries heavy ribbed right and left flanged shanks... Right and left heels... Counters slightly extended on the inside.
Alden's Modified is an effective last for delivering a new standard of all day comfort, offering welcome relief to those who suffer foot stress, fatigue, and pain.