I really like those. I saw the link Richard posted on his Facebook page to your blog; that was very cool.
Yes. Richard and his team have always been kind to me. He even offered to send me a pair of shoes to try on on a risk free trial basis. I never ventured into UK made shoes because I was reluctant on guessing on the size and order from over-seas. This was the reason why my first 10 or so pairs of shoes were Aldens.
I have a pair of Tricker's Burfords in the pebble grain from STP. For reasons unclear to me they fit tighter than other boots I have in the 4497 with some pressure on the pinkie toes.
They also seem to not be breaking in like other leathers. They're not Red Wing GT make your feet bleed bad, but they're noticeable stiffer than most. Sort of like when you first put on a brand new pair of shoes even though they've been worn several times.