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How to Stretch Boots

Mamta Mule
New or old pair of boots might sometimes lack the 'perfect fit'. Stretching boots using some tools available in the market is a good idea in such cases.
You buy a cool pair of boots, but later on realize that they are just a bit snug! You push in your legs, but feel really uncomfortable to walk or even stand. "Oh! I picked up the wrong boots!", is exactly what you might think. But then, probably, this was the only right fitting pair available.
Some of you may have an odd size, hence, won't find the perfect pair and end up picking a pair of size which is smaller or larger than the actual size. It might also happen that one piece from the pair doesn't fit well.
You can try to stretch the boots in such a case, and believe me, it works. You can learn how to stretch boots at home and use this trick whenever required.

Tips on Stretching Boots

If your favorite knee-high boots are not fitting rightly at your calves, then here's how to work on them. You'll need a boot stretching solution, a boot stretcher and of course your pair of knee-high boots.
Before you use the boot stretcher or boot stretching solution, make sure that you read the 'directions for use' mentioned on the product or its packaging, as these might vary from brand to brand.
  • Start with one of the boots. Spray the stretching solution on the boot, as directed in the user guide.
  • Now, expand the boot stretcher to the width that your boot has, at the calf area.
  • Further, insert it into your boot, and slowly go on turning its knob to stretch your boot to the desired width.
  • Now leave the stretcher inside the boot, for about 10 hours. Remove the stretcher and try on the boot.

Check whether it is fitting well or not yet! Great if it is fitting, else you can just re-insert the stretcher, expand it and keep it inside for few more hours. Work in the same way on the next boot if required.

Stretch Boots at the Toe Area

Fabric boots such as those made of leather are popular picks. Sometimes, knee-high shoes fit well at the calves, but they are tight in the toe area. Any other type of boots like the hiking boots, ankle boots, men's formal boots, might also fit tight in the toe area or just behind the toes. What do you do in such cases?
Here are some tips on stretching boots, so as to fit properly in this area. Again, you will need a boot stretcher and boot stretching solution for the procedure.

  • Start with one of your boots and spray the shoe stretching liquid on its outer surface.
  • Leave it for some time and then take the boot stretcher. Expand its height with the knob so that it fits perfectly in the toe area.
  • Insert it into your boots and again turn the knob to increase height or width of the toe area, as required. Remember that you need to create more room for your toes.
  • Now, keep it inside your boot overnight and remove it in the next morning. Now, try on the boot.

Well, if it's fitting, just repeat this procedure on the next boot, if required and get ready to flaunt them. Else, re-insert the boot stretcher and leave it for 5-10 hours inside the boot.

Choosing the Right Boot Stretcher

Shoe stretcher needs to be chosen rightly to get the best results. So, consider your needs before buying one. You can find one for men's as well as women's boots. Remember that a boot stretcher works for both left and right boot. It is useful to stretch the length and width of the foot area and height of toe area of boots.
While some have all these features, some are specifically designed for working on one of the areas. You can also find one for the tall boots, especially the thigh-high boots. Similarly, it is essential to buy a good quality shoe stretching solution. First, try both items on your old pair of boots and then work on the new one.
If the product has 'instructions for use', on the package, make sure that you read them properly and follow them to get the best results.
Now that you know how to stretch boots you can enjoy the comfort of shoes. Just make sure that you do not overstretch! Smaller size can be further widened but an extra stretched boot is difficult to repair!
If you are unable to perform this task, best to take your pair to a professional shoe repairman or a shoe store and get the right stretch for your boots. Finally, no need to keep your tight-fitting boots in the wardrobe, just take them out and get ready to don a stylish look!