This is my logic with Alden. 11.5D Barrie, Trubalance, Van (sockless) 11.5E in every other last.
Rather than go up .5 i always go "out" one width.
That may work for you, but I go 10D in barrie and 10.5D in aberdeen. Some of my barrie LWBs can feel spacious, but I'm the same way; 9.5D barrie couldn't work. The 10.5D aberdeen (half up) fits perfectly in my medallion cap toe bluchers. I'd suggest half up from the barrie, but it would probably be best to try the different options.
FWIW, (and assuming your whiskey bals are hampton) I'm 9D in Hampton and Aberdeen. The Aberdeens are comfortably snug all abound. The Hamptons have some wiggle room. Maybe go up from your hampton size in either width or length (depending on where they are a little snug) based on my experience.
personally i don't see the appeal of the plantation sole.
My last two Alden purchases have been color 8, and the only regret I have is that I didn't order them sooner.
Color 8 has become my favorite shell option.
LWB, PTB, tassel moc, medallion cap toe blucher, and Perf Cap Toe Boot (J Crew) complete my color 8 collection. Looking to add BB wingtip bal, BB PTB, and wingtip boot (barrie) in color 8. Not sure what the time frame will be though. Could be a loooong time. Trying to summon the will to go with the BB wingtip bal by tomorrow to take advantage of their sale. Not sure I can justify two new shell purchases in one month.
Wait, it's now March and a new month!
curious to get you gents opinion on my jcrew #8 lwb crepe that I received today..
my end goal was to try and put together a natural/antiqued welt/sole on the #8 lwb (like the current Leffot preorder, minus welt).. I figure'd I'd get the jcrew crepe and then get the sole changed out (and taps installed) at B.Nelson..
now that the jcrews have arrived, I've discovered the online pic is incorrect (the jcrew is dark welt)..
at this point, I could just get regular #8 lwb and sand the edges (keeping the welt dark) or resole the jcrew crepes with a standard sole..
cost wise, I'm only in for the jcrews at $555. would need to still ship to B.Nelson for sole changeout
or buy regular #8 leather sole and just sand edges
or, just forget about it and wear the crepe and use at 'beaters'