Whoops, I meant solid sole boots in that title.
I have a general question about the toe box of these boots.
I was in a Rossi last year; the toe box was tight.
There's a rivet in there that protrudes downward; my boot guy had to grind/punch the ceiling upward.
But my toes are wide so he also needed to widen the toe box. He could only do so much.
Before he did that, there was no leak where the flaps separate. Afterwards, there was a huge gaping hole.
I filled that hole with some gray, flexible, sticky plumber's putty, with tape on top of that. As a fix, that worked.
I'd have to reposition it every now and then, and replace the tape. But it fully blocked the cold and wet from flowing in.
So here are my questions.
--Does the leakage at the toe on these boots, which is so common, happen for everyone who has the toe box punched?
In other words, does the manufacturer make those boots air- and water-tight, but they punching them inevitably forms the gap?
And second question, does this happen on any boot with this kind of punching going on in the toe box?