Honestly, given that Viberg doesn't consider itself a dress boot, I'm not sure the collapse of the unstructured toe box is that big a deal to them; their boots are supposed to look beat to hell, I would think.
Those are great boots you have and I wouldn't have even paid attention to the toe area; the "creases" I'd have attributed to a boot achieving a beautiful patina. It's all in the journey.
I suppose so, but that look just doesn't do anything for me. However, I'm not a hard core SW&D guy.
I imagine that it will happen to all unstructured toes eventually, regardless of the type of leather, provided that it's worn sufficiently. Shell just happens to be thinner than most of the cowhides they use for their boots. Notice how their calfskin boots were also partially structured as well, likely for the same reason.
Thanks, when you take a moment to think about it then it makes sense that all leather types will eventually succumb to this to some degree.
Hopefully other people with 2030 boots with unstructured toe will chime in with their experiences. I'm curious how 'bad' it gets and which leather is particularly resistant to this effect.