Wow - I visited Moulded Shoes in NYC for the last time last week and bought a pair of Alden Captoe #8. I have wide feet and high arches that are a bitch to fit. These are the best fit I have to date. I expect going forwards I will stick to the modified last.
Moral to my Story: if you have hard to fit feet and live around NYC, go visit Moulded Shoes and see what they have for you. They specialize in hard to fit feet. They know their feet - the guy looked at my foot about 5 seconds and said you need an extra wide Modified, and he was spot on.
Also, if you go there, please ask them to carry the Alden Long Wing in the Modified Last. They used to carry it but stopped. Apparently interest is building in the Long Wing. We just need some momentum to get them to order a run!!! I think they are the only Alden distributor in the US allowed to carry a good selection of Modified Lasts, if I understood them correctly.
One question: has anyone seen any other shoe makes that have anything comparable to the Modified Last?