@SubaruSteve 

How interesting! Well, if your fit experience isn't impacted, I'd say the boot is good to go, but if you're unsatisfied with the fit because of this design, you could certainly make a return following our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. 

I'm sure you could find even more information about the boot design from the Lowa customer service team, who can be reached at 877-307-7277.

Thanks for highlighting this design intricacy! Happy hiking!

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