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    04-17-2010, 04:40 AM
breaking in tall boots help!!

I got monaco tall boots for christmas and I have ridden in them quite a few times and they are pretty well broken in throughout the ankle and the calf and they fit perfectly EXCEPT I can't get them done up all the way if my life depended on it, they get stuck about an inch and a half from the top. When I first got them the girl at the store said after a couple rides they would slip down a bit I would be able to do them up....well its been about 7 rides as well as oiling them in the creases and bending them back at the ankle and putting them under my bed twice all day which is what my coach recommended. I have a show next week and I really wanna wear them but im not making any progress. Any suggestions??
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    04-17-2010, 05:16 AM
Green Broke
Sounds like you may just have to accept that you got the wrong size...
    04-17-2010, 09:39 AM
Welcome to the forum!

First I would say that 7 rides is not a lot of break in time but there are several things I would suggest.

You can try wetting the boot and wearing it until it dries then conditioning the leather. I've done this on several pairs of rather expensive Western boots without a problem. It's a little nerve racking to soak an expensive boot in hot water but it's caused no harm on any boot I've done it to.

My wife once had to have a gusset put into a pair of boots she had that no longer fit. A good shoe maker (not a simple shoe repair shop) can do it for you and have it come out looking like factory.

Perhaps the first thing I would try, though, would be to contact the maker (Ariat I believe). Tell them your problem and the solution the boot shop told you to do when they were tight at the store.

(I don't understand the putting it under your bed thing that was suggested to you)
    04-17-2010, 10:09 PM
Green Broke
I might have to agree with QHDragon. For any other boots there are things you could do... but Monacos are made with the softest calfskin and need little to no break in time. (in fact they're so soft, the biggest complaint I've heard is that they wear out WAAAY too fast) I'm thinking if they aren't fitting now they aren't going to fit (at least well) later.
    04-18-2010, 01:07 AM
I agree, looks like they may just not fit you.. Which would be a sin, I know what those boots are worth.
As far as the bed thing, my guess is to set your boots on the floor, sole down, then bend them forwards and hook them under the frame of your bed? So that they're completely bent I guess? I wouldn't really advise doing this though, makes it seem like you may distort the natural position of the boot.
I have the boots one step down from yours, the new Crowne Pros, and mine had broken in and dropped within two rides.. which may be an indicator that yours just aren't going to fit.
    04-18-2010, 04:14 AM
Thank you so much for your suggestions I think I will contact ariat and maybe go back to the tack store and see what they say. If these ones don't fit I don't think another size will because they fit really well in the calf but are a little loose in the ankle yet there too tight at the top?
    04-18-2010, 12:09 PM
Green Broke
That's how they are suposed to be. They should be very, very snug. That's just the way feild boots fit. Mine sometimes have trouble zipping up all the way, but then they sink down when I'm riding.

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