Yesterday, I purchased the finest pair of shoes I've ever tried on: Alden LW Bluchers in #8 Shell ( I feel as if I'm speaking in an unknown tongue here). This has prompted some questions. First some background. The Barrie last in the shell was the only pair that I liked right out of the box; I'd tried the same shoe in calf and it was much tighter. 11D, although I think an E would be acceptable, too. I loved the Trubalance but it actually felt tighter. However, the heel fit on the Indy boot was sublime. Scott, at Nettleton Shoes, said he felt that most of his customers found the Barrie roomier than the Trubalance. In inquired about the Modified and he said that in 30 years he'd only sold a handful. I cannot abide any friction in the toe box--especially against the "pinky toe". I was disappointed that not every Barrie model felt great. 1. Does AE have any last even comparable to the Barrie? I bought a Clifton 11D on the 108 last and after two days of wearing them while sitting at my desk I returned them. 2. Has anyone moved up in width on the Barrie? If so, what was the experience? br> 3. Using the Barrie as a touchstone, I'm guessing that if an 11D in shell was the only one that felt remotely comfortable, then the majority of today's shoes are going to prove disappointing to me. Any advice? Thanks, in advance.