“My big toe rubs the edge of the toe box but I am hoping this will stretch once broken in? This is my first time with all leather hiking boots and I wanted to ask. The boots fit like a glove otherwise, so I would rather not order a wide. Will the leather stretch? I have maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch of room in length left to the end of the toe box. Thanks!”
It will stretch slightly, but the boot should fit relatively comfortably before breaking it in. You want more than that little of length though as when going down sloped your foot will swell and will hit the front of the boot and make it very unpleasant. You may want to order up a size and if slightly big you can wear a thicker sock, as long as it's not slipping in the heel.