They are the Alpine v-tip (both the black and the brown). I just got these from Leather Soul and really dig them. I've worn the brown a few times already and have been complemented on them each time I've had them on.
I've tried Carmina from Epaulet and was unimpressed. I have yet to try Vass but will say that I have seen a few that I really like. I usually end up sticking with Alden though because, as others have said, it's relatively easy to get wider widths if needed and I usually do. I also tend to like the "blobbiness" (as some would call the Barrie last) and it fits well with my general aesthetic. Not everybody wants everything to be all sleek all the time.