Thanks for all the advice, folks. After 3 rounds of Bick4 the cracking seemingly disappeared. To quote a previous poster, "cool day, Galway."
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(Yes, I know my desk is very messy, hectic week!)
Special shoutout to @TtownMD for advising the whole process. Very happy with the fit and shoes. For reference, these are the 82F from Borghini Classic, and have a serial number in the 105K range.
This is excellent news and confirms @TtownMD and @coldinboston's points.
Congratulations @rbhan12! Beautiful Galway boots!