Got my Alden x Leffot LWB Color 8 and I have heel slip unless I tie it rather tight. Is this due to Barrie last or too big of a size? The widest part of my foot falls right in place with the widest part of the shoe.
People's feet are shaped differently and some folks have unusually wide feet. What you call ungainly and blobby is a comfort to others. Rather than focus on what you hate, why not declare your affection for whatever last fits you well? I think the Barrie last is a good combination of comfort and looks, but most importantly, it works for my feet. As you yourself groused - it sells well and for good reason.
As for your hate for chukka's, good luck with that declaration.
You should! I picked up a pair of DBs and they look incredible. It's the closes thing to the BBBF longwing that I've seen
NAMOR you are a bad influence. I'm conflicted because I plan on getting a #8 LWB (ironically I have a Ravello and Whiskey pre-order LWB but not the 'basics') and worry that the black and #8 would be too close. I do agree about the BBBF similarity. I can have Nick V. attach a thread at the heel I'm sure.
The LWB in black is very sharp, but I've always been under the impression that more detail and broguing were more appropriate for something *not* in black (ie. office wear). I've been leaning more towards a captoe/medallion to cover those basics.
Nevertheless, Namor comes through again with tempting Alden porn.