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post #1 of 7 Old 04-24-2011, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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breaking in tall boots

So i FINALLY found a pair of tall boots Ovation products details on clearance for only $76! anyway, i ordered them online and took a chance that they would fit giving the great price. well they fit pretty well, they are a tad tight in the calf.
the biggest problem i'm having is that they come up a little too high and when i try to bend my knee it pinches really badly, i know everyone says they will drop a bit, but in is there anyway i can speed that up? I have the lexol leather conditioner and i have conditioned them twice now and it has helped a little, i've also been wearing them around the horse before i ride in them Tuesday, i'm actually wearing them right now and sitting in them is torture as they are really digging into the back of my is this something i'm just going to have to deal with until they break in(which about how long will that take?) or can i speed up the process somehow...also, is it possible to over condition them? Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-24-2011, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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ok, so after wearing them as much as i could stand today the left one seems pretty soft and has dropped a bit, but the right one is MUCH stiffer in the ankle and really rubs and pinches where it is starting to wrinkle, i tried adding a little more lexol to that boot but it didn't really seem to make a difference it also looks to be about 1/4-1/2" taller then the left, i'm not sure if i'll be able to ride in them on tuesday lol at this point i can't even bend my knee very well

Please help!
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-25-2011, 02:06 AM
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I remember when my tall-boots really hurt the back of my knees, I used to wear extra "padding" around my knees. (They still hurt if I bend my knee all the way, but it doesn't bother me at all sitting/walking/riding - so I guess that's all that matters!) I don't know anything you can put on them to make them drop faster, sorry. I can only recommend wearing them as much as you can (and bending your legs/ankles). I used to wear them around the house trying to break them in. Good luck!

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Im doing the same thing at the moment whilst sitting here! Im rotating my ankles, and bending ect. Sorry, nothing more to offer :(

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-25-2011, 11:32 AM
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A little tight in the calf and a little too tall exactly how you want them to fit because they will stretch out a touch and drop up to an inch or so. The fastest way to break them in? Go stand in a water trough, let them soak until your legs are wet (takes a minute or two), then wear them until they're dry. I was terrified to try this method but I had so many people recommend it I tried it and it worked! Better then any other thing I've tried.
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Thanks guys, I have a question about fit now, they are pretty tight in the calf and right under my knee, so much so i have trouble zipping them, but about mid way down and around the ankle there is SO much room i can literally pinch an inch or so of the boot, are they supposed to fit like this or will i need to have then taken in in the mid and lower part of my leg? at the top i can't pinch anything at all, they are skin tight, i can barley even get a finger in the top of the boot....boy are tall boots a pain in the you know what!
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-25-2011, 07:26 PM
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well.....for the fit, no they should not fit like that, they should not be mega tight at the top and baggy at the ankles. Nobody will judge you on it, and I know I never have any that fit even remotely perfectly as I have a slim calf, but if you can get them fixed then go ahead. With the tall boot fit I know just wear them around the house (it is strange, I probably looked like I was up to something seeing as I was walking around the house in tall black boots and shorts since it was summer) but, hey! At least you won't be limping around in your tall boots when show season starts up for real! Good luck! (and thanks for reminding me that I've got to get mine out again, sick of wearing half chaps)

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