Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
I am having a problem with my RLPL Mackays that I hope someone can shed some light on.
The left shoe does not seem to be breaking in properly. When my foot bends during my normal walking stride, the shoe puts pressure on the base of my big toe, creating/aggravating a blister. I suppose I am partially to blame for not wearing the shoes 2-3 hours at a time to start, but this has not happened with my right shoe, nor has it happened with any other pair of shoes I own. Has anyone else experienced a problem like this? Will it resolve itself over time?
I experienced the same problem with a pair of captoes (the Gladstone, I believe). They bit into the tops of both big toes, but were much more vicious on the right foot. My shoes were also on the 888 last, the last I understand the RLPL Mackays are on.
I took my shoes to Union Works, and was told there are three solutions. (1) They could glue some leather to the lining to modify the crease pattern that was causing problems; (2) They could add an innersole to push the foot up into the top of the toebox and modify the crease pattern; or (3) they could stretch the shoe so that it didn't bite down into my toes.
I opted for the first, and was rewarded with temporary relief. I finally used a shoe stretcher and stretched the heck out of the shoe myself. They seem OK now, but I ended up sheding quite a bit of toeblood in the breakin process.
I mentioned my problem to Tony G., and he suggested that the long toe box had too much leather bunching up against the cap seam running across the toe.