Recently hiked round trip on the Alum Cave trail to Myrtle Point in Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The boots felt great and handled the 2,900 feet of elevation very easily. After that backstory though the boots got muddy and I was cleaning them off and noticed something I haven’t seen on past boots. The sole of the boot where it meets the upper on the instep seems to have a gap when pressing on the upper. It’s only on the instep while the outside edge of the boot is well attached. Both boots are doing this which makes me think this is part of the design but unsure and wanted to ask. Does anyone else with these boots notice this?

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