ok mine have the letter t too. must have just been a coincidence
the toe stiffener is shorter than the cap toe, or teh edge of the stiffener is skived too thin at the end over the toes - makes the toe-cap more comfortable to wear (i.e. no pinching/some give for one's toe-calluses :) ), but perhaps doesn't look as pretty when it wrinkles
The toe puff that holds the toe in shape, and the stitching of the pattern for the toe cap, have no relation. And if anything, a finely-skived leather toe puff is going to cause less creasing, as there is no thick edge against which the leather can fold.
The shoe should crease more or less where the shoe breaks over the ball of your foot. If that happens to be around the stitching of the toe cap, it's not a problem: only if you don't like it. In which case, a shoe with a more elongated toe (not necessarily recommended), or a proportionally shorter toe cap in the pattern (aesthetic preferences vary), should mean that the break/creasing falls south of the toe cap stitching.
Personally I like a larger toe cap in the pattern; the proportions look nice to me. Even if that means some of the creasing is within the toe cap area.
Cheers Don - they definitely rank among my faves.
Definitely not for those with chubby or widely-splayed toes. I have quite slender toes and find K works in the same size and width as U and F for me. But I would not choose any of my K last pairs if, say, I were wearing the same pair of shoes to the office all day and then well into the evening for an after-work function. It is a relatively confining toe box, for sure.
@Junior - that pair is pure class.