You purchased a product that was designed to be tough, and was created originally for work place situations. That means they are going to be tough and stiff even if they fit perfectly well, and they will break in eventually. Be patient with them and take good care of them, and they will last more than a decade and still look good. I have treated mine with linseed oil to waterproof them even more, and polished them with a good crème polish, not with a water based polish. If you have mink oil, that is best if you live in a cold climate like Canada or Alaska or that same zone. My Chukka boots have last fifteen years, and they looked so good that I wore them at my wedding and no one noticed that they were not a dress shoe. They fit all situations, and are a versatile and comfortable (after eventual break in) shoe. You have spent your money well.