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post #1 of 5 Old 04-29-2012, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation HELP! Tall boots don't fit!

I have a show next weekend, and with poor planning on my part, I tried on my tall boots and they don't fit. I'd prefer not to order new ones, I'd like to see if I can get these to fit (these are like $300 dollar boots that my aunt bought me).

Is there anything I can do to make them work? I'm afraid to stretch them with that hot water trick, because I'd cry if I ruined them. Is there anything I could possibly do??

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-29-2012, 09:51 AM
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There is a spray that you can use to stretch the boots. Most shoe places and tack shops will carry it.

Are your boots too tight all over or only in a certain area?
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-30-2012, 02:36 AM
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Jinx is right: you don't describe HOW they don't fit and that would help.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-30-2012, 02:43 AM
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It depends on how much they don't fit, and are they zip ups?

Warning..... if they are Dublin Aristocrats, DO NOT TRY TO STRETCH THEM. They are known for zipper failure even on people they fit.

If they are about 1/4 inch or so too small in the calves, you may be able to stretch them, and if they have the elastic inserts you may have yet another quarter inch. If they are smaller than that, you probably are out of luck. If it's the feet, ankle it depends on how much they are too small. I have very high arches myself and I can not get Dress Boots on to save my life unless they have a full zip back.

I just had this experience a month or so ago, only I ordered my boots a month before my show and had to send back 2 pair before I finally got some that fit (my calves are 16"). They still occasionally get small around the top and I went the top parts wait about 5 minutes and then try to zip them again and they usually go on. I also found that a "good" leather oil also helps. I usually don't have to wet if I've recently oiled them... I use Henri De Rivel oil, which is what I use on my dressage saddle.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-30-2012, 11:45 AM
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Douse the inside of them with rubbing alcohol, and wear them around. I had to do this with my boots.
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