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    04-19-2010, 03:42 PM
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
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    04-19-2010, 03:47 PM
Green Broke
Ride in them. :) that's all really. That's the only way to really stretch them out nicely just go with the pain
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    04-19-2010, 04:05 PM
Thanks Stormy! I've been wearing them here in my house before my lesson for a little while, and it is already beginning to not feel so bad. I'll try and wear them today for my lesson. =D
    04-19-2010, 04:16 PM
Welcome to the forum.

What has worked for me on several rather expensive Western boots are to soak them in very warm water, both inside and outside, then put them on with a pair of the heaviest pair of sox that you will use. Wear them until they dry then leave them alone over night. The next day, use some leather conditioning (such as BlackRock) and they should fit like custom made boots.

I promise you, you won't ruin the leather.
    04-19-2010, 04:16 PM
This is what I did with mine.
Zipped them up filled it up with warm water let it sit for a couple of hours. Then dumped out water put them on and wore them till I had to go to bed. Next day I rode in them (still wet) and pretty much the whole day.
They are pretty comfortable now.
    04-19-2010, 04:24 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't risk the leather to soaking in water...::
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    04-19-2010, 04:25 PM
I guess you never ride in the rain or walk on wet ground.
    04-19-2010, 04:46 PM
Green Broke
Yes, but I don't soak them in water
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    04-19-2010, 05:10 PM
I wore mine around the stable ALLL day for a few days. Then rode in them when I had worn them in on the ground. It was painful at first (I think breaking in a lot of shoes isn't very pleasant) but worth it!
    04-19-2010, 07:58 PM
A lot of people SWEAR by soaking them in water. I've never had to, always had great luck with boots, but for the amount of people who say the water theory works and have done it themselves, I've never heard anyone say it damaged or hurt their boots in any way.
I have a buttery soft leather purse that I bought in Italy that has MUCH nicer leather then my Ariat Crowne Pros, and I dropped it in a pool and it was perfectly fine. If my boots didn't fit me, I'd soak em.

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