Thanks for the information, Jack. The brown HH in close trim with toe cap and Cuban heel seem to suit me. I agree that the heel is great with either the block or the Cuban, although the block at standard height looks too bulky to me. The block lowered 1/4" like yours looks good. I'm an Okie, and cowboy boots look normal to me, so the Cuban heel fits my idea of an attractive configuration. Although some might think that a lowered Cuban heel looks funny, there are pictures of those heels here on shoes that are very good looking.