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post #1 of 7 Old 10-03-2012, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Help!! Stretching tall boot calves?

Has anyone successfully stretched boot calves?

I need your help! I was able to find a nice pair of tall Devon Aire english boots on consignment for only $50! When I bought them 6 months ago they fit comfortably, but now they are too small in the calf! I rode in them for about ten minutes and it was torture. If I get new boots, they will be cheapies so I'd really like to save these nicer ones. I can still get them on, so I am hoping to stretch the calves! They do not have zippers. I can get them off with a boot jack but it gives me terrible charlie horses in both legs. Haha. I even tried wearing them with ankle socks, still no dice.

Has anyone had any success doing this? Give me your tips! Showing in two weeks and I can't afford new boots! Thanks everyone!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-03-2012, 08:54 PM
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Find a nice shoe repair. Most can stretch leather and the one that did mine was great. I have awkward part wide feet and had the foot part of my boot done between my toes and arches. Was very happy with the result. It was reasonably priced too.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-04-2012, 02:23 PM
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If you can't find a shoemaker dust the inside of the boots with talcum power, lots and a little power on your legs as well. Just had a thought. Can you lose 5 or so lbs. Before the show? That might help, I've done it.
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If you can't find a shoemaker dust the inside of the boots with talcum power, lots and a little power on your legs as well. Just had a thought. Can you lose 5 or so lbs. Before the show? That might help, I've done it.
there's a chance that her boots are tight because in the past 6 months she's been working her butt off to prep for her show, and her muscles grew (props to you for the hard work, OP!!). How about we don't suggest that someone needs to lose weight because something's too tight, when we don't know why?
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-08-2012, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help everyone!

I tried a spray product called "Shoe Stretch", apparently you spray it in the shoe where ever the leather is tight, put the boots on, and the leather will stretch. I tried that, and it worked, but I was scared about them getting tight again if I got them wet (i know I am not suppose to hose the horse in my boots, but it happens). It did give me more room though. I would use it again to help break in a new pair of boots.

So I ended up taking them to a cobbler who charged me only $8 to stretch the calves! I get them back on wednesday, keep your fingers crossed!! I'll probably put a bunch of baby powder in there for good measure also.

And Coffee Junk and Saddlebag: I gained a few pounds earlier this year when I sprained my ankle (dang horse fall) and had to lay off the the gym, so then I started running to take the weight off, so the fat calves could be from the extra weight or from the running! Who knows! :) The important thing is that I get these suckers into my show boots! :)
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I tried a spray product called "Shoe Stretch", apparently you spray it in the shoe where ever the leather is tight, put the boots on, and the leather will stretch. I tried that, and it worked, but I was scared about them getting tight again if I got them wet (i know I am not suppose to hose the horse in my boots, but it happens). It did give me more room though. I would use it again to help break in a new pair of boots.
I used a similar product when I couldn't even zip up my boots. I took them to a cobbler and he told me he couldn't do anything except recommend the stretching product. It took about 20 applications before I could reliably zip up my boots by myself, but oh well. The zipper ended up dying at a show anyway lol, but they're getting fixed now.
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-26-2012, 02:51 AM
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OK, next time, spray the boots well with the shoe stretch spray, fill two big plastic bags with water, drop one down each boot shaft and put in the freezer over night. The water will swell as it freezes and stretch the boot for you

Yes I have tried it, yes it works, no it didn't damage the boots at all
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