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    Boot Stretcher?

    As a big dude who like to ride, boots don’t always favor my gloriously wide foot... I mean, I understand everyone isn’t tromping around with Paul Bunyan legs but finding wide adventure boots is a little tough.

    I really like my forma adventure boots, and when I initially tried them on it felt like a good fit, now that they are wearing in more, on the sole and ankle, I can definitely feel more pressure from the narrow foot space... I’d hate to give up the boots, but anyone tried a boot stretcher? Does it work? Do you risk the integrity of the boot?
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    Put a water ballon in your boot and throw it in the freezer.
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    A tea kettle of boiling water... pour some over booted feet in tight area, get down and squat on balls of feet, picking up heels, then walk a bit, repeat a few times... always helped me get that perfect fit. Don't cook your feet. DAMHIK Heat and water softens it a bit, seems to hold the stretch. There is a turnbuckle style stretcher, and I've used them with little success. Very difficult to get in the right spot in a boot and tighten. I also have a crank to widen wooden foot form with different add ons (kind of like a Mr Potato Head) that worked wonders on shoes, but is useless in boots.
    Did you try one size up in the Forma's? When in the larger sizes (46 euro and upwards) they only get a few mm's longer, but they also get wider with each increase. One pair is 47, barely longer than the 46's which were tight, but significantly wider. The remainder are all 46 and fit well.
    While I like the frozen balloon idea, I know firsthand what ice can do to pipes and other seemingly solid things... I'd fear ruining the boot.
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    Get in a hot shower with your socks and boots on, get them good and wet, then wear until dry.
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    What’s worked for me in the past is to soak the boot in very warm water until the leather is thoroughly saturated. This is the important part. Then you put on as many socks on your feet as humanly possible to stretch out the boot and insulate your foot from the upcoming heat. Then heat the offending areas of the boot with a heat gun or hair dryer while doing all the squatting and other boot flexing exercises that Kayak mentioned. Take care not to damage the leather, rubber or other glues and such by getting them too hot. Time, not intensity, is your friend. Then wear them till they dry as LittleTommy mentioned. Replacing your socks with dry ones from time to time helps speed the drying process.
    The last step is to re-treat the boots with a good leather product to keep the leather hydrated and flexible and to also keep it from shrinking or cracking.
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    As a young man in Boy Scouts we were instructed to wear new hiking boots with double socks, soak in a creek, and wear until dry. Never did it with my Forma Adventure's, though. It turns out their size 8 fit my size 8 deer hoof like a glove!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayak View Post
    A tea kettle of boiling water... pour some over booted feet in tight area, get down and squat on balls of feet, picking up heels, then walk a bit, repeat a few times... always helped me get that perfect fit. Don't cook your feet. DAMHIK Heat and water softens it a bit, seems to hold the stretch. There is a turnbuckle style stretcher, and I've used them with little success. Very difficult to get in the right spot in a boot and tighten. I also have a crank to widen wooden foot form with different add ons (kind of like a Mr Potato Head) that worked wonders on shoes, but is useless in boots.
    Did you try one size up in the Forma's? When in the larger sizes (46 euro and upwards) they only get a few mm's longer, but they also get wider with each increase. One pair is 47, barely longer than the 46's which were tight, but significantly wider. The remainder are all 46 and fit well.
    While I like the frozen balloon idea, I know firsthand what ice can do to pipes and other seemingly solid things... I'd fear ruining the boot.
    I did go a size up, and I just didn’t spend enough time in them before buying them. I’ll try the hot water, you just reminded me... I remember back in basic training after my boots dried out from marching in the water and mud... they fit a lot better, maybe I’ll just take em in the shower with me next time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddave View Post
    As a young man in Boy Scouts we were instructed to wear new hiking boots with double socks, soak in a creek, and wear until dry. Never did it with my Forma Adventure's, though. It turns out their size 8 fit my size 8 deer hoof like a glove!
    Should have read your post before responding before, yep, awesome idea, gonna soak em in the tub!
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    Get in a hot shower with your socks and boots on, get them good and wet, then wear until dry.
    I love this forum! I started thinking that right after reading one of the other posts here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by littletommy View Post
    Get in a hot shower with your socks and boots on, get them good and wet, then wear until dry.
    Only works if you stay neked for the entire time it takes for the boots to dry.
    Found in the Boy Scout manual.
    Last edited by stagewex; 05-03-2019 at 04:53 PM.
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