-what other boot models have u tried?
-wear THIN socks when u go try on boots.
-yes your toes should touch lightly the end of the boot, boots tightened properly, knees in a flexed/riding position.
-when boots begin to pack out you can put thicker insoles inside to reduce the room, like superfeet. Or even a thin spacer inder your insoles. Also thicker socks as boots pack out. New boots thin socks.
-heel lift- DC boots hug the heel really well.. Judge, Status.
-u can insert heel spacer things (if they will stay in place). My Burton Driver X came with them.