On pure shape aesthetics, AE’s classic lasts are among the best looking ever made, with the 7 (MacNeil) last, which was (per its name) designed for the MacNeil, being one of my favorites.
The MacNeil is, IMHO, the best looking LWB ever made, challenged only by the Kenmoor lasted Florsheim LWB’s of yesteryear. It has that perfect mix of sleek silhouette and gunboat proportions. Here are @davidVC’s insanely great looking vintage 1975 MTO MacNeil’s (apparently in permanent museum-mode):
I like the 975 (I own a pair), but the Barrie last doesn’t make as aesthetically pleasing a LWB as the 7 last (I also don’t like Alden’s single row stitching on the uppers, it looks less substantial).
It’s funny how we can look at the same shoes and have totally different opinions on them. Actually wearing my navy shell MacNeil today TS2017? I find my pair of brown shell macneils on the 511 last more appealing. Not a huge fan of the 7 last. Also wish there was more separation from the wings and the facings. This has been discussed many time here of course. It is why these navy and my natty pair of shells on the MacNeil are on the threshold to be let go.Well, the barrie last isn’t bad, and Alden’s LWB’s aren’t Wilbert’s or anything. They’re very good looking shoes (and, as I said earlier, when it comes shell color and finish, they’re terrific). I mean, I own a pair and stuff. I don’t own Wilbert’s.