My Lofgren's are still pretty much new and they need that quarter inch stretch.About a quarter size. Compared to the black version the leather is noticeably heavier with a bit more stretch. Lofgrens are probably the most comfortable boot, out of the box, I've ever owned with the possible exception of the Alden Indy boot.
I think the Alden Indy with the cork sole is a very comfortable boot. I think i might switch to a crepe sole sometime soon.