Breaking in tall boots without acctually riding in them

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    07-09-2010, 10:43 AM
Question Breaking in tall boots without acctually riding in them

Hello All,
so heres the deal, I've had theese tall boots for awhile but I just don't wear them becausr they are so uncomftorable. (I know that they can only be comftorable if you wear them!). I also slip on my tall boots walk two steps and I end up putting on my good ol' comfy half chaps! So my point is: Are their any tips or tricks to help break out your leather tall boots before wearing them?
I just need to break them in as soon as I can because I don't want to end up having to show in unbroken in tall boots!

Thanks Everyone!

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    07-09-2010, 10:46 AM
There is no fix for breaking in tall boots without actually wearing them.

I hate tall boots but if I want to look right in the hunt field, I have to wear them. So I wear mine every other time I ride.
    07-09-2010, 12:40 PM
I agree.
You have to wear them, but you don't have to /ride/ in them.
If it's so uncomfortable, just spend a few minutes every day on the stairs, and push your heel down.
    07-09-2010, 12:50 PM
This may be bad advice, so feel free to ignore it. I have NOT tried it on riding boots. When I needed to break in new firefighting boots, I soaked them in warm water in the bathtub until they were nice and soggy, and then put on really thick socks so I wouldn't get blisters, and trudged around in them all day as they slowly dried out. Then I oiled them very well. It made a huge difference in how comfortable they were!
    07-09-2010, 12:52 PM
I think you just have to wear them and after a few days of wearing them, they will be more comfortable. I know it is very uncomfortable but I don't think there is any other way. Try wearing bandages where it rubs and thick socks when breaking the boots in.
    07-09-2010, 07:27 PM
Green Broke
There isn't much you can do to break them in other then wearing them. Do you know what moleskin is? It's this sticky felt that you can buy at WalMart (in the wart/ bandaid section). It's amazing. Just cut out little squares where you would get blisters and your boots will rub on the moleskin and not your skin. Wear them every day. I know tons of people who swear by the bathtub trick that Payette mentioned. That's an idea, but I wouldn't oil your boots. Condition the INSIDE with leather conditioner. If you condition/oil the outside it'll take away the shine over time.
    07-09-2010, 07:35 PM
My MIL does the bathtub trick with her boots.

She submerses them into a bathtub of water for a while, and then pulls them out and stuffs them full with newspapers or towels.
    07-09-2010, 07:41 PM
Green Broke
So she doesn't actually wear them after they get wet? How long does she let them soak? What I've heard is you fill them with water (or stand in the bathtub until you can feel your feet get wet) and wear them until dry. Not only does the leather break in in the right places the boots will mold to your legs.
    07-09-2010, 08:12 PM
That's how I break in all of mine. I will soak them in warm water for 15-20 minutes until they are nice and flexible then wear them until they are dry (usually I wear them in the saddle) so they dry in the shape of my foot/leg while I'm riding. Then I oil them well and wear them a while longer before I take them off for the day.
    07-09-2010, 10:21 PM
Nope, she doesn't wear them. She stuffs them crammed packed with newspapers or dish towels and then leave them.

When she puts them on when they are completely dry, she rubs leadderbalden *sp* into them and then they are ready to rock n roll. She's done it with Ariats, Mountain Horse, and a few other brands but mostly Ariats.

I just got new Ariats and had her do it for me, they are super comfy now and very soft.

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