Originally Posted by well-kept
The toebox is the least stretchable part of the shoe. It is strongly reinforced to keep its shape. Some makers use synthetic forms between the lining and upper to create the toebox shape, others use heavy leather. I've never disassembled an Alden so I don't know what they use but the chances that it will stretch are slight to nil.
Let me rephrase that. It is not the toebox exactly but the part right behind...