So far so good.
I love the way these boots feel, they didn't seem too small, I got a 7.5 which is what I normally wear, and they feel great. No tingly toes. And I haven't had any issues with the laces. As far as breaking them in, you can stick the liners in your oven (at a low temp) and then put them on and they will fit better. Good beginner-intermediate boot.