Originally Posted by TheHoff
The last shapes help those. And the unique perfs on the AE above are interesting. It is the abominations like these KCs that I see paired with suits in Vancouver a dozen times per day.
Exactly. KC would manage to make ugly shoes even if they didn't have bicycle toes. It seems to me that bicycle toes are only suited for a chisel-toe last, as the lines can elegantly meet the corners of the toe. KCs and AEs also often have raised or prominent stitching:
...which, IMO, makes more classic designs like norwegians look just as bad:
In theory, I believe bicycle toes should narrow and elongate the appearance of the foot. Here are some more non-strawman examples from Cheaney: