Hi All ... I've recently made my first dress shoe purchase - a pair of Allen Edmond monk straps ("Norwich") in size 12B. I've been planning to purchase either an Alden or Allen Edmond shoe for some time now. I've actually tried shoes at a couple AE stores as well as the Alden store in DC. Unfortunately, the odd sizing restricted my choices. After trying on mostly Hampton last captoes at the Alden store, it became apparent that I was having a toe pinching problem. Every shoe I tried pinched my toes around the knuckle from the creasing. The clerk suggested that I may have the same problem with all captoe shoes (despite make/last). Upon this suggestion I began exploring plain toe. I tried on very different last (2-222 vs 8-108) plain toe at Allen Edmond, Minneapolis. Neither shoe felt like it was giving me significant pinching. However, after wearing the Norwich (2-222) for several days, a mild toe pinch became somewhat painful. My questions are: 1. Does anyone know a way for stretching/working the shoe to alleviate such a toe pinch? 2. If I end up buying a different shoe, is there a more fool proof method for diagnosing whether this will happen again? 3. Did anyone with a similar problem find a last that works for them? I should also mention that since I've been transitioning to a fore-foot strike running style, my walking style has also become more mid-foot/fore-foot strike in nature. I think this may be exacerbating the issue.