Originally Posted by Asha'man
The right is super comfy, the left is pushing down on the top of my foot at the moment but hopefully I can break that leather in and give myself some clearance. I have high hopes, because I love the look.
I had the same problem but in reverse with my oxblood MIE boots. I worked on the leather and usually the problem would get better after the leather warmed up with my feet inside... but the problem was never fully solved until I put a clean beer bottle inside the boot. The edge of the bottom stretched the spot that was crushing my foot when I walked. This took a few applications over time in short intervals so to not overly distort the leather. You can't tell I did anything, but it stretched just enough to not press anymore when I walk.
BTW, I also installed the DM insoles, which I love, but this didn't help because it created less clearance. The beer bottle trick worked enough that the insoles are still in without any discomfort.