stretching out tall boots
Hey all, I have a question. I have been riding for almost 9 years, and in the last five year or so have aquired an interest in obtaining and using tall boots on a regular basis. My barn has decided to go a little more professional, so I have previously always worn full chaps with lace up paddock boots. Recently, about a little less than a year, I switched to half chaps as they have the look of tall boots.
I haven't had very good luck with purchasing tall boots however. The first pair I bought are pull on, and they fit well at first or so it seemed in the store. However later I found that I could barely function in them, as they seemed to high in the front and back of the knee area. Also, they were so hard to get off, I couldn't get them off myself and strained my calf when soemone pulled them off. I took them to a leather worker and had them cut down a bit in the front and back. They fit much better, however I stopped wearin them when winter hit as I didn't want them to get muddy or messed up. Naturally, when spring came I tried them on and they did not fit.
A couple years later, after visiting the tack shop here and there and searching consignment (I was through with new boots, I wanted some already broken in as my brand new ones hurt my ankles while I wore them) I found some ZIP up boots! I tried them on and they seemed to fit very well, only a little tight in the right calf. I was told they would stretch a bit. I wore them and they hurt at first, but after a while they seemed to have stretched to fit me. Again, winter came. D= and stupid me stopped wearing them. So now when I try them on again, they are super tight on my right calf, to the point that I can barely zip them up. I tried riding in them anyway, but I couldn't handle the pain.
So here is my question: what ways are there to stretch out my boots so that I can ride in them again? I really don't want to add a third pair to my little riding corner of the house.
I've asked some people at my barn, and they suggested wearing them around the house. Is there any other way? I'm really looking for a quick and easy solution, but I know there probably isn't one.
TL;DR: I have used zip up boots, and they were a little tight when I bought them, but they fit nicely after riding. I stopped wearing them for the winter, and now they don't fit. One will barely zip up, and the other is only a little tight. How can I stretch them out?
Thanks so much for reading, and answering! =D