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post #1 of 22 Old 07-21-2010, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Question HELP!!! Stretching Western Boots?

I bought a new pair of the Ariat Women's Heritage Stockman boots. They fit fine as far as the toes are concerned. The problem is that they have worn huge, deep blisters on my ankles. I know that wearing them is the best way to stretch them out, BUT, is there anyway that I can stretch them out quicker? I had heard once that if you thoroughly wet the leather and wear it until it dries that it will conform better to the fit. Is this true, or would I ruin my boots by doing this?

I would take them to have them done, but I don't know anybody in this area that does it.

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post #2 of 22 Old 07-21-2010, 11:28 AM
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My husband swears water works. It shouldn't ruin them.
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If I have an uncomfortable pair that's what I do... wet them down real well... then wear them till they dry. Hasnt ruined a pair yet.

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Thanks!!!! The farrier is coming today, so I'll stop by the house and change boots on my way. As hot as it is here, they should be dry by the time I get done feeding this evening. I really appreciate the help!!!!

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No problem =)

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Soak them real well with very warm water - inside and outside (putting them in the bathtub for about 15 min. Will do it.

Always worked for me and never ruined a pair of boots.

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I just go stand in the horse's water trough with them on for about ten minutes, and that usually stretches them out.

Of course, then I have to clean the trough. Lol.

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The only what that it would ruin them is if they were a pair of those really girly type designer boots but I don't think those are. I also do the tub soaking thing. Leave them in warm water for a while and then wear them until they dry. After they are dry, I always oil them too. That keeps the leather from cracking.

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Didn't get to do it today...farrier was ahead of schedule and didn't have time to stop by the house. I'll let them start soaking in the morning when I get up. Then wear them to work, they should be ready to oil up by the time I get home.

Smrobs...girly designer boots?...for me? Even my hubby laughed at that one. This is my first pair of the pull on boots though. Normally I get the lace-ups. But if I can't work around the barn in 'em, and I have to worry about 'em getting scuffed all the time, I don't want 'em. I spend as much time working around at the barn as I do at work. My last pair was a pair of the Ariat Canyon lace-ups. They lasted me all of 2 months before the tread on the bottom wore out. I guess if these wear out so quick, I'll go to another brand. At least the Justins lasted me a little over a year. Besides, if I spent that much on a pair of boots, I'd probably end up going to the ER to have said boots removed from "you know where". That is if dh found out how much they were...lol. He had a cow when he found out that I had paid $160 for the Justins.

Thank you all for replying! I'll be doing the warm water thing in the morning.

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The nice thing about justins, and it may be true for ariats, the soles wear out before the boot does. I had one pair of justins last me 4 years of hard riding...granted I had to have the soles replaced every year but dang those boots were nice. I have the ariat lace ups now and though they are comfy, I don't know about the durability. The sole is already wearing thin...Ill have to ask my shoe guy if he can replace the soles on these the way he did with my justins!
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