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post #1 of 9 Old 05-12-2011, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question New Tall Bootss...Breaking in?!

Hello Everyone,

Im new here but anyways I was wondering if anyone had any tips for breaking in new tall boots. I got them for christmas and I have only used them a few times because I get nasty blisters, and can't walk normally after 15 minutes. Any tips?

Greatly Appreciated!
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-12-2011, 08:47 PM
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All you can really do is wear them! I have three pairs of tall boots (show, schooling, winter) and all of them caused blisters when I started wearing them.. I just tough it out and use lots of bandaids! If anyone else has better advice i'd love to hear if also, for future reference :)
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-12-2011, 09:00 PM
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I used a soft cloth. I put it over where my foot blisters, under the sock. make it thick enough to relieve the discomfort, and to make the boots tight (but not too tight) and then just walk around in the house with them on, to the store, in the barn etc.

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post #4 of 9 Old 05-13-2011, 11:00 AM
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Stand in a water bucket up to the top of your boots until your feet are soaked (a full minute or two). Ride a bunch of horses, walk around, wear them until they're dry. They MUST be dry when you pull them off! I know, it sounds terrifying to do this to your nice leather boots but I swear by it! Breaks them in faster and better then anything else. Also invest in some moleskin- they're sticky felt things that you stick on to your feet to avoid blisters. I swear by them too!
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-16-2011, 01:30 PM
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Oiling them on the outside AND the inside helps soften them up pretty quick. Just beware of what you ride in next time because it might stain your pants or socks.

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post #6 of 9 Old 05-16-2011, 01:34 PM
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My trainer swears by coating them in mink oil and then running thru water!
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-16-2011, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the tips. My dad used to run through water with his cowboy boots to break them in. I took them and soaked the outside with neatsfoot oil and then my dad put one of the front tires of the quad by accident and it softened my right boot up a bunch so I know have done the same thing with my left and they are sooo much nicer to ride in.

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post #8 of 9 Old 05-16-2011, 10:16 PM
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Hi!! I am a hunter/jumper trainer we allways wet are new boots down on the inside and out with warm to hot water.. I get mine pretty wet.. then I wear around the house for as long as I can take it. if you are afraid you will damage your boots doing this their is a prouduct called boot strech spray the heck out of the inside of your boots and wear. Hope this helps...
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-18-2011, 02:27 PM
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Welcome to the forum albertagirl and luucky.

I agree with the hot water treatment (inside and outside). I've been using it for years on some pretty expensive boots with great results and no problems to the boots.

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