BUT... what I am really doing is giving my new Bob's chili one last spin on carpet before deciding if I can live with the puckering just below the laces. (This is my third pair that have done the same thing, so my guess is this is a design flaw that gets exacerbated by my low arches/volume foot.) Considering there aren't many of these left and how much I love the dark chili... I think I will hang on to them. Tonight or tomorrow I'll try and post a side by side with the bourbon pair.
Looks like there is a lot of puckering below the laces on those Gobi boots too; what's the difference? The Bleecker's look fine.