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Offline Ho-ho-ho

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Just bought some new boots. The left one fits like a glove but the right one is tight. I have walked around in them to try and stretch them but no luck. So Does anyone have a tried and trusted method for stretching leather boots?

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There are shoe stretching devices...


http://www.qvcuk.com/ukqic/qvcapp.aspx/main.detail.item.826736?ref=fgl&source=froogle

Going to be difficult using those on boots. Perhaps they could be modified so they don't have the bit sticking out the of back, e.g. a threaded shaft with nuts & washers between the two wooden parts, (use a spanner to tighten and stretch boot).
« Last Edit: 13/01/2010 03:29:26 by RD »
 

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Both my boys say to put them on and walk through a tub of water get em good and wet wear them that day until they are dry... LOL says it does the job! LOL I do not know for sure how accurate that is but they are both boys who have worked in the woods and say thats how they all do it, except they use the river instead!! LOL.. sounds weird to me though!
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Apparently, Isopropyl Alcohol mixed with 3 parts water helps stretch leather.

Wear the thickest sock you can find (maybe even two), apply the Isopropyl Alcohol/water mix to the boot and put it on over the sock/s. Keep it on until dry. You may need more than one application.

I would suggest a good treatment with dubbin and/or wax shoe polish afterwards.

Just had a quick Google, you can buy leather stretcher from several places.
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Oh boy! Stretching leather boots, I could teach you a few tricks *pants*
 

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LOL..LOL.....

Apparently, Isopropyl Alcohol mixed with 3 parts water helps stretch leather.

Wear the thickest sock you can find (maybe even two), apply the Isopropyl Alcohol/water mix to the boot and put it on over the sock/s. Keep it on until dry. You may need more than one application.

I would suggest a good treatment with dubbin and/or wax shoe polish afterwards.

Just had a quick Google, you can buy leather stretcher from several places.
Nice researching Don_1.. Thanks!
Perhaps they have something with getting them wet and wearing them till dry! LOL.. I wonder what the Alcohol does? I will finish reading the link now! LOL...
 

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I guess the Alcohol just dries faster then water! Makes since to me!
 

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THATS COOL.. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT DONE BEFORE BUT IT DOES SEEM TO MAKE SINCE! yayyyyyyyy!

I actually have a pair I would like to do that with..
 

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Both my boys say to put them on and walk through a tub of water get em good and wet wear them that day until they are dry... LOL says it does the job! LOL I do not know for sure how accurate that is but they are both boys who have worked in the woods and say thats how they all do it, except they use the river instead!! LOL.. sounds weird to me though!
  I have used this method and it does work - It is also a good way of waterproofing with Aqueous Nikwax as the saturated leather allows the wax to penetrate.

For my walking/ mountaineering boots, I scorn the use of goretex liners and swear by Italian leather and repeated proofing treatments.   

It also leads to a good opportunity to test out proprietary blister treatments, so it might be worth looking at the ice cube technique...
 

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