Welcome. The celastic toe shows no marks as to its form. There is quite a difference with and without the toe supports - without the leather "collapses" and gives quite a different look. The swing last look is very very different. I don`t have pics but for me it destroys the look - but thats a personal taste - as it makes the boot look too wide in my opinion. As regards the stitch splitting - apart from the lugged soles I`d say you will will experience this, but the toughness of the vibram might slow it down.