I can really crank the laces and get them almost where I want them. That usually leaves me with blisters on my hands.
That is the textbook symptom of having a floppy boot that doesn't fit you well (either original... or now that they have worn out). The exact same thing happened to me when I was wearing 32 Tm-Twos, and then later 32 Primes (they breakdown a lot after 20 days... still wearable, but suddenly I discovered I became really picky in how I tightened my laces... I didn't realisze how bad they had gotten until I tried a new pair of boots)
Is your entire foot super wide... or just the front (at the toes?) It is possible to have need a wide toebox, but have a narrow heel/ankle/calf area such that for poorly fitting boots you need to crank down the laces to lock your heeldown... but then that crushes your toes/top of your foot. Look at boots that have dual zone lacing that lets you tighten the upper laces to lock down the ankle, leaving the lower laces looser for comfort.