I asked the seller about the toe, here is his response: "Thank you for your inquiry. I do not know the age, but there is no crease. As with all great quality leather, this leather is firm yet supple. It is also made to fit snugly around your foot. In the front of the shoe, there is a sort of framework for the toe box. The leather is tightly wrapped around that framework, and it shoes through the leather at the point where the framework comes to an end. As I noted, I do not know that age of the shoes, although they have been tried on, as we noted in the listing. They are in great shape but at least when the shoes are not being worn, that toebox framework does show. I wear a size 14, so I cannot try these on to see what it looks like when the shoes are worn. Thanks again." "Framework"?