Hey, ya’ll! So I just bought my very first pair of Tory Burch riding boots. They came in a wide calf this year, and I was SO EXCITED. I saved up, and purchased them the first day of the Nordstrom sale. I couldn’t wait until they came in! Once I tried them on, I was sad to find out they have the same problem that I have with most boots… The boot shaft was just too tight. They still zipped, but they were just not comfortable.
But I persisted, and after lots of research, I went on a mission to break these babies in and learn how to stretch leather boots! Leather is thankfully easily manipulated, so as long as you have a spare day on your hands, and a few simple ingredients, you can stretch your boots out. Also, this technique also works on the rest of the boot as well if the foot space is too tight.
How To Stretch Leather Boots
1 part rubbing alcohol
1 part water
- Mix rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle.
- I suggest starting with your boots on (do not zip yet), and no pants (shorts are permitted, or just have a no pants party.. whatever you prefer). It looked ridiculous, but I realized stretching them out to just my calves to start, and not also my jeans made the process easier.
- Spray the mixture onto the calf portion of your boots all the way around the boot shaft. I also noticed that rubbing it around helped a lot too. Zip the boots up. Leave boots on for about an hour (I know this is a long time. I did this on a day I was cleaning the house, so I just wore them while cleaning, and never thought about it).
- After the hour is up, while the boots are still zipped, spray more of the mixture down into the boot shaft, and rub it around in the tightest spots with your hand. I did this repeatedly for the next hour every 20 minutes. You’ll notice that there will already be some extra room where there wasn’t before.
- Repeat until the boots are loosened.
- This works best on boots that zip, but are just too tight to be comfortable. I do not know how well this would work if they don’t zip.
- If you’re doing this with boots without a zipper, I would suggest moving them slowly up your leg as the hour goes on while spray the mixture on it every 20 minutes.
- I had no issues with the mixture staining the boots. I used it on a small spot on the inside of the boot to start to make sure it would not stain.
- Do this on a day you have a lot of extra time! I picked my cleaning day, so I would do just the steps in between cleaning, and I was walking around a lot which really helped.
In conclusion, my boots now zip much easier! I think I will continue to stretch them with this process periodically so they keep this shape, but all in all, I’m impressed!
I would love to know what ya’ll do to stretch leather goods, let me know in a comment below!