For those that are interested, I have a friend who is coming to visit me from the US who is a semi-retailer (don't ask, it's a long story) of Barker Black seconds. He said that usually, it is almost impossible to find a fault in the shoe.
He is bringing me a pair and I thought I might open it up for the Aussie SFers (similar to the recent shoe trees I got from Bexley).
The cost is US$350 per pair. As I'm a UK9.5, he only gave me a listing of what he has in that size. PM if you want the the list for UK9.5 (first come first serve), otherwise let me know what style/colour/size (I know he doesn't have any spectators so please don't ask for that ) you want and I'll ask him. I don't wish to waste his time, so please don't ask for a shoe if you are not prepared to buy (shoes don't come in a Barker box and no shoe bags).