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I found it to be a considerable improvement. I went from not liking the fit too much, to being my most comfortable pair of shoes.
What is everyone's opinion on the Leffot Naval Boot versus the J. Crew Alden Perforated Cap toe? I know Leffot has a color #8 version of the Naval Boot in the pipeline and I am deciding between the two.
The main difference that I see are speedhooks for the J. Crew and all eyelets for the Naval and the J. Crew has double stitching on the cap versus single stitching for the Naval.
I used to be against speedhooks until I got the Cigar cap toe boot from Alden DC. Now I do not really care. I think the double stitching on the J Crew looks a bit better.
Based on my experience I'd say that you have too much length in your shoes and this is likely responsible for the excessive creasing/wrinkling. Adding an insole and/or tongue pad may help with this but I'm not sure. I asked alden to resole a pair of indy boots that I had that were 10E to make them narrower 10D or 10C and their response to me was that they could not change the size of a shoe.