Mine had that too, and I returned them to Wolverine for a new pair. I've had my new pair for over a year, have worn them on the job every day through some brutal conditions, and the new heels have NOT split.
so i just spoke to wolverine customer service, and for the 2nd time, they were totally awesome. they told me that the hole is presumably premature, and that if i take the boots to a cobbler, they'll reimburse me for the cost. right on wolverine. anyone know a good cobbler in the Raleigh/Durham area?
while I love the way the 1ks look and feel, I can't say that I think they're as tough as they should be. I've had mine for only 4 months. in those 4 months, I've given them at least 4 HDLP treatments, and I already have a hole in the sole. this seems very premature. do i call wolverine customer service or just take them to a cobbler? I don't even walk on pavement that much. seems crazy, right?
right, oops, i meant send me a photo. however, if you have a change of mind and want to send me a new pair of tans in 11.5 i'll gladly break them in, take photos of them, and give you credit? thanks. they're gorgeous.
Can someone please send me a pair of broken in tan boots? i think they look amazing, and i want to pull the trigger on a pair, but i'd love to see a photo of them after a few Obenauf's treatments.
Using a shoe tree at night will help minimize the uneven creasing. And I repeat what everyone else has said, they'll be just fine. I suggest taking them out into the woods and stomping over and through everything you say. give your boots some scars, they'll look awesome and you won't notice a wrinkly toe box.