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    How To Stretch Boots While Annoying The Wife

    My new Formas are a little tight above the arch even though I followed the size chart ( length is good) so I decided to stretch the leather a bit using one of several proven techniques: Let water as it expands 4% while freezing to do the stretching. I filled several Nitrile gloves with water, tied them tight, and worked them down filling the foot bed hopefully with no air pockets. Then stuffed the ankle zone to stop glove migration and put them in the freezer before the wife could find them and question my sanity. If not relegated to the doghouse I plan to retrieve them tomorrow, de-frost , remove water balloon like gloves and test wear the boots.

    Next technique to fine tune needs a leather conditioner afterwards to restore moisture but a 70% isopropyl alcohol spray/soak supposedly softens leather nicely. I'll wet outside well while wearing boots and walk around 'till they dry.
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    Personally I think you picked up Jeffrey Dahmer's fridge at a local garage sale and are just showing off.
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    LOL!! Fillet of soul anyone? I was gonna go with the formas but I think im gonna end up with the sidi trials boots
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    Honey...This steak is good but it's a little tough and whats this plastic piece I'm chewing on?

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    Man - this steak is tough as shoe leather!

    Fred, you are a brave, brave man! If I would have done that I would have had to take the wife to dinner for a couple of days to keep her from looking in the freezer.
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    I put away groceries and cooked dinner last night just so she wouldn't peek in the freezer. I think I got away with it.

    The ice technique seems to have worked to stretch the leather as needed. I should be able to walk in comfort now.
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    I gotta new nick name for your boots "Arches N.P." Although only your feet will want to play there. Hey where's Fred? Out in ArchesN.P. somewhere.
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    Speaking of Arches how about this arch of stars , the Milky Way , over Haleakala Crater, Maui? 'Tis a grand place to visit @ ~ 10,000 ft, especially for sunrise and sunset as one is above most of the clouds. The truly hardy can hike down through various climatic regimes to the Hana coastline to the east. The slightly less hardy can rent a bicycle for the 9,000 ft plus paved descent to the west. Either way take a rain coat for passing through the cloud forests. I assume it is OK to Hi-jack my own thread.2016finalist05.jpg
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    Too bad so much of the world can no longer see it. All the background light washes it out.

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