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May 29th, 2008

How to loosen tight boots

Thanks to our pals over at eHow, here’s a great informative article on how to loosen up that favorite pair of boots.

If your feet and
calves had gotten bigger, chances are your leather boots will be
difficult to fit into. Here are some tips on what to do when your
to-die-for leather boots are too tight.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Shoemaker
  • Boot stretcher
Step 1

Stretch. Take your boots
to your shoemaker. Most shoe repair stores can use a boot stretcher to
gradually expand the leather to accommodate wider calves.

       

                   
Step 2

Cut a v-notch. Either you or a shoemaker can cut a v-notch in the side
of your boots to add extra leather or stretchy elastic gore to give
your boots more diameters and allow you more flexibility.

               

Step 3

Add zipper. Some boots are slip-on only and, if your calves have gotten
bigger but your feet are still the same size, you can have a zipper
added so you can easily slip back into your boots.

               

Step 4

If you just bought your boots and it seems that they are too tight when
you got back home, you can try wearing them at home for a while. They
will loosen in due time, but if they do not, return them for bigger
size.

            

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