They look like lovely shoes, but - at the risk of being a party-pooper - I note that the "v" between the laces is quite wide.
This is a reasonably subjective thing, as some people don't mind a wide "v", whereas other people are very bothered by it and like to have a "v" that is closed or nearly closed. Also, of course, it must be remembered that leather stretches and so hopefully the "v" will close up a bit after the shoes have had some wear. Ideally, however, a well-fitting pair of balmoral/oxford shoes will have a fairly narrow "v".
The main reason for such a wide "v" in the laces is that the person wearing them has a high instep, or that the shoe itself is very flat in design. I've had a similar problem with some shoes in the past, and I discovered that I can't wear Allen-Edmonds, particularly the 5 last, as the top of the shoe is simply too flat. When I tried a pair of Park Avenues, the "v" was horrendously wide and when I tried lacing them up, it felt like my feet were being squeezed in a vice.
Some brands, and some lasts, are much better for people for people with higher insteps than others. US-made shoes tend to be bad, whereas (as a generalisation) Italian brands tend to make shoes with higher insteps. Some English brands and lasts are good, others not so much. For example, I've found that C&Js 348 last isn't so good, but the 337 last is better in my experience, bearing in mind that everyone has differently shaped feet.
I've found the Edward Green 202 and (related) 606 last to be good, as they are quite roomy and have a reasonable amount of space over the top of the foot.
Changing the lacing pattern can also help people with higher insteps - I use "straight bar" lacing on my shoes and it does help to make them more comfortable over the top of my foot.
My opinion is that, yes ideally, a fully closed "v" is preferable, but essentially the beauty of laced shoes is the flexibility (up to a point) of fit they give in this area. Having a wider v in the laces is probably less of a concern than if your toes are being crushed in the point of the shoe, or conversely if there is a big gap between the heel of the shoe and your heel - such problems have a much smaller margin for error and a few mm either way can mean the difference between comfortable shoes and being crippled. A wider v is usually an aesthetic (rather than a painful physical) price you may have to pay for ordering shoes online...
I also agree with you, the roominess of the vamp area varies widely across English lasts. The Church's / Cheaney last 73 is even smaller than the C&J 348/358 around the instep, so it may be adviseable for some men to go for a G fitting as their default in these lasts, if available.