Tall boot troubles.

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  1. Greta Mars

    Greta Mars Full Member

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    I just got a great deal on a used pair of ariat tall boots. The boots fit great except I can't zip up the boot around my calf area. Should I do the bathtub method to stretch the calves? What method have you used?
     
  2. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    How far off are they from being zipped up??
     
  3. Greta Mars

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    About 4 inches. They need to stretch about 1/2 of an inch.
     
  4. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    I don't know that you'll get a full 1/2" of stretch. Much will depend on the type of leather the boot is made out of.

    Boot Band might be an idea - as you'll need more than a 1/2" to be comfortable in them I'm sure. Lol
     
  5. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    Eww..I don't know. That's gonna be tight. I've got skinny calves, lucky for the tall boots. Gosh, I'll check around as I've never dealt with it but I'm sure you're not the lone ranger.;)
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    They're four inches apart, the zipper teeth?

    You're skrew'd. Leather doesn't stretch that far.
     
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    I think it's to the top of the boot to close it. Yeah, at first I thought that also.
     
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    pamnbam Senior Member

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    Have you tried lying on your back with your leg up in the air? It streamlines your calves a bit more and you might be able to zip them up the last 4 inches.
     
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  9. BossMare16

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    Gee I have the opposite struggle, I have wide feet and pretty skinny legs (I like to complain about being a duck) but my tall boots are fine around the feet and a little loose on my calves. I'm gonna say you're not going to get them zipped, but if you get new ones, go for the foot size that fits but with wide calves.
     
  10. CJ

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    If you have a cobbler around/ nearby, Id take them there and have them assessed & done right. Its not a big deal, expensive, and thats what we used to do when I worked for a saddle shop that did repairs, and also handled custom boots.. local cobbler got the stretch jobs.
     
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