I have CXL boots from Alden, OSB and Viberg. Only one pair in Viberg and there is virtually no creasing. I have quite a few pairs of CXL in Alden --- some have major creasing (which doesn't bother me as much as some folks) and others have hardly any other creasing at all. My OSB Trench boots in CXL have minimal creasing. So yeah, I think it's a crapshoot. However, I will say that the Viberg and OSB CXL is extremely thick. All my Alden CXL boots use thinner leather.