@jeremycherfas Probably wouldn't do any harm to get them stretched if you have someone who can do it. Mr B had a bunion for years, and it made it very difficult to get shoes to fit. He's had surgery on it now and has no trouble.
@joanna I had a really good pair of Timberland boots once - loved them and wore them to death. They were the tan, nubuck kind though. I had no idea they did black boots too. I'll have to investigate... @indigo