There is a little bit of separation between the rubber toe and the midsole, but the stitching there holds strong, so this should not be an issue. If it bothers you, a little bit of shoe goo can be put there to seal it. Also, fair warning, the Tomir sole is not as durable as dainite, so if these ever need a resole, you may want to have them resoled to a more durable rubber sole.
Size fits true to UK size. Would work great for a 9.5D brannock, or regular 8.5UK.