To those who are critical of Alden for its "clunkier" lasts, it's absurd to make that kind of a blanket statement. While the barrie (and Trubalance) last is a bit round and chunky, I prefer it for my (business)-casual wardrobe. The aberdeen last (and even the hampton last) is quite nice for my dressier needs. I don't need a European tapered look that will destroy my feet after a long day. I like my Strands, but will not go to it if I know I will be on my feet most of the day.
I have a pair of black Alden plain toe oxfords on the Plaza last, which is a very European tapered looking last, and they are sublime. Its actually the Alden last which fits me best, of the few I've tried. My other two pairs of Alden are on Barrie last, and are both true to size. The Barrie is known to run a little big, and these pairs are definitely roomy, but going down 1/2 size for me meant that I had some toe rubbing on the welts. The Plaza TTS though is perfect.