So in yet another installment of this saga... I tried on my third pair of Park Avenues again tonight, the ones I complained about so vehemently in the post above. To my pleasant surprise, the gaping doesn't seem as bad as when I first received the shoes and tried them on, oddly enough. There is still a slight amount of bowing evident when I'm standing, but none when I'm sitting. At this point--after the fuss I made initially--I'm tempted to live with this pair as-is, especially as these are seemingly flawless seconds that I got for a great deal at $215, and I'm optimistic that after some time in shoe trees, the bowing issue will further alleviate itself. Here are some pics, the first one taken while standing-up, the second while sitting down: What do the resident SF Allen Edmonds experts say? Is this slight amount of bowing acceptable? The shoes fit great, feel great, and look great, even despite the very slight amount of gaping, which I don't think anyone else will notice but me anyway. I think I've convinced myself to just be happy with these and move on, but I'm open to other opinions.