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post #11 of 16 Old 09-13-2010, 11:39 PM
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Hmmm... I was going to post a new thread about this and then decided to look to see how many other people had this problem, too? Just got my first pair of tall boots, and I LOVE them (at least, the way they look, haha), but do NOT love the stiffness (GOOD GRIEF, I have to tip backwards to sit down, stood back up like a 9 months pregnant woman, and discovered what a boot jack was, haha).

Mine aren't zip boots and I fear getting stuck in them if I soak them then wear them. Does this work with all boots, or does it depend on the leather quality, etc?
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-14-2010, 03:23 PM
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Wear them around the house.
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-14-2010, 05:37 PM
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My coach made me wear mine for days before actually riding in them. That was a real treat. My feet were covering in blisters, but at least now they're not quite so stiff. They're still really uncomfortable, but not as bad. I've found that it also helps to wear those thick, fuzzy socks, as long as it's not 100 degrees outside.

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I oil the crap out of them and really let it soak in and then sit there for a while bending them at the ankle and across the toes.
Then for the next few days, everytime I'm at home I wear them and look like a loonie Seriously. I wear them with my PJ's...
Put on a ton of material bandaids where you think you'll get blisters and wear a couple pairs of thick socks.
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-15-2010, 12:16 AM
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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.

Is that the Effax stuff? Sorry, I'm just actually reading the whole thread now
Anyway, if it's the stuff I'm thinking of in the little brown tub, I have it and I LOVE it and SWEAR by it to soften ANY of my leather gear.
One of my friends used RM Williams stuff recommended by a saddler and all it did was make her bridles and boots waxy and gross. I cleaned it off and used a bit of Ledderbalm and it's super soft now.
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-15-2010, 10:37 PM
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Would the water trick work on boots that have already been worn a few times?
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