On the topic of shoe gaping - what is acceptable? I have a pair of Allen Edmond Strands which have a spread at the throat a bit more than what is pictured below: Being that these are balmorals then the leather should technically be touching, correct? Bluchers on the other hand can have a bit of spread? I am conflicted because my feet are quite wide but I like a tight fit. I have a second pair of unworn Bourban Calf Strand's which I am thinking about selling since they spread at the throat of the shoe and I don't want to be mocked on StyleForum for wearing them. If I get a shoe where the throat doesn't spread I think the footbed is going to feel boxy like a clownshoe. I've seen a bit of spread of some prominent members balmorals. Is it acceptable or should they be castigated mercilessly?