Question about breaking In Dress Boots
So, after a long and horrible search, I think I finally found a pair of boots to show in, that fit, somewhat. I can zip them ALL the way up and snap them, but they are tight around the calves, even with the elastic (Mountain Horse Firenze). They ARE leather. I did spray shoe stretch on the insides and put a lot of conditioner on the outside to get them to zip and I've been wearing them for about an hour now and they are still relatively comfortable, but do pinch a little when I go up stairs.
My first show this season is March 31, which is just a few weeks away. Should I go ahead and wear them a few days and ride in them to break them in good, or should I not wear them and try to keep them as nice looking as possible, even though they may not be as comfortable for the show? What would you do. Right now I don't think they are even big enough to wear breeches under, although my old show breeches are cut off (done by the previous person).
I've never owned a REAL pair of show boots before (I used to show in rubber boots), so I'm not sure where to go from here with them. I do know I should wear them until the shoe stretch dries or they will be worse than before.