I have some foot and ankle injuries, so I've spent (way) more than my share at a foot and ankle doctor. I always thought boots and shoes should stretch or break in for fit. Leather especially will break in, but it shouldn't based on size of foot. The leather will stretch and break in to flex as you walk, but if it is breaking in for fit, it was bought too tight. Shoes and boots should not fit like a glove. It took me being hit over the head by foot and ankle experts to know I was buying my shoes and boots 1/2 - one full size too small because I thought they were supposed to be snug and they'd break in. Maybe my doctor(s) have been wrong, but my feet sure feel a lot better at the end of the day/ride.
You may notice your rings get tight in the summer, that your hands swell. Well, your feet swell too, and if you walk out of the store with a boot that you expect to break in, even if it does, your foot has no where to go by the middle of the day when they are hot and swollen. If your boots have to stretch in order to fit properly, your boots were bought too small.
So, my post probably was confusing to you. It's probably just a different perspective, experience or education.
well we agree to disagree, its like a baseball glove imo. soak it down and use it. im not talking a full size down tho... i have goofy feet aswell...
i dont retain water, i follow a goofy diet.