Its all relative, the pattern makes a difference as well as one has been worn and one hasnt.
Both the same size too
For me personally, it isnt the eyelets. I suppose you can get slightly better control of snugness with the extra eyelets, but the real difference is the heel. I find the Barrie last heel, particularly in the LWB to be not so slim which doesnt work well for me, it is easier to deal with on a boot, might explain on a subconscious level why these have never seen the light of day ;).
Clumsy accident last week while flying. All that extra leg room combined with my 11D feet resulted in the following.
Here's the after. I used a bit of brown cream polish followed by brown wax polish and some brushing.
After looking at the pictures, I see that I missed a spot. Fixed it after I took the pics but you get the idea.
I'll agree that the style choice is yours alone. IMO the brass is a great touch on the right shoe. If you want a workmanship reference, I can say Mack did an excellent job. Optioned the brass but left the edges alone:
Has anyone used sublime goods for Alden modifications such as the one in the picture? What is the general consensus of the change in sole edge color and eyelets? Personally, I think is gives the shoe some pop, but then again, I am known for my poor judgement.
this pic only has the modified eyelets. The edge-recoloring service will still leave the black color on the stitch surface of the welt (for lack of a better word), if you're modifying the 990s... just fyi.
like below (from sublime goods again)