- Oct 16, 2020
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After meeting with Ronnie from Moulded he shared that my foot is wide/flared in the forepart, narrow heel, and average arch and instep which is why the Modified would work well for me. I also asked (and he obliged) to try on a few pairs in Barrie and Van. We did not go into details because I was time limited but he said Modified would work best for me, Barrie would be "fine" too, and "maybe" Van for a distant third, Trubalance for boots if there was something I really wanted but we would need to work out sizing first.Barrie and Modified couldnt be more different in terms in nearly every aspect of the last. For me, Barrie is a symmetrical last with a low heel that does not offer any offset. Due to the low heel, my toes splay and by the time the toe box is comfortable, there is tons of excess volume elsewhere in the shoe. On the flip side, if i got down a width, toes are cramped but i get a perfect cone fit. The curvature of Modified offers a much more secure fit around the cone which secures the heel, as well, and leaves volume for the toes. Barrie is intended as a neutral last which is why it fits a broad range of people.
Judging from the facing gaps on the snuff lwb id hazard a guess that you have relatively flat feet. The snap last, based on Hampton has a higher heel and more curvature than barrie. What makes barrie fit you so well is what is causing the gaps on the snap last.
It goes to show how different feet really are... I love hampton and modified because i have a boney ankle/heel with a high arch and wide forefoot and they provide some curvature. I need a last with a higher heel to fill my arch and fit my toes otherwise its like im wear clogs...
So, I really appreciate your Modified to Barrie comparison, any chance you have experience with Van for laced shoes and/or loafers and could compare the fit to Modified?
While not my feet, this picture from the Moulded Shoe website is a good representation of my foot shape.