Ok first and foremost, to clarify things, this is about patch 7-8, and a weird change that happened there with plate model armors(not officially in the game yet)
As you know, plate armor exists only through mods like enhanced gear progression and maybe some others i am not aware of. They don't exist yet in game, they might be incomplete, etc etc.
So as of now, that is before patch 8, if you wore a plate armor ( normal ,+1 or +2 doesn't matter) together with the metallic boots(the only model looking like metal armor in game), you would normally see the kneecaps covering the shinguards(aka boots), as they should. Example below as seen in a youtube video showcasing the mod
However, after patch 8, there is a noticeable gap between the kneecaps and the boots, like part of the kneeguard model is missing.
Now, of course, this is me panicking about a potential future where the actual models of plate armors in the game have this gap, and there are no dedicated boot models that match them so it aligns correctly.
Obviously, since the only way to see this is with a mod, and the game files are missing so they could potentially be missing some parts, it is still a non issue. The only alarming thing, is that this didn't happen before, which either signals a glitch, or a change in game files. I don't know what to make for either(probably nothing at this point), but it does give an opportunity to talk about armor models like these.
And on this, there is something i wanted to stress.
In the final release of the game, i would like to see boot and gauntlet models that match the actual armors, to see some variety.
And to avoid missalignment gaps like these please :P
P.S. When most heavy armor models miss from the early access(and we've been at it for 2 years almost), we can't really provide any actual feedback about anything involving that.