I have numerous models on the Barrie, including a PTB in whiskey and Ravello. My comments should not be taken as a criticism of the Barrie. But as a matter of demonstrable fact, it is a last that is not terribly sleek. But some don't want sleek - fine with me. I don't want sleek in many models.
Agreed. They provide a military-esque sturdiness. I can't wear square-toed shoes, as I'm stocky.