How to Stretch Leather Boots

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Stretching leather boots is a great way to make them a bit more comfortable. Find out how to stretch leather boots with help from a leather and vinyl professional in this free video clip.

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Hi. This is Aubrey from The Leather and Vinyl Doctor, here today to talk about stretching a leather pair of boots, making them a little more comfortable for you. Now, you're going to need a bit of time with this one, because what we're going to do, is we're going to immerse the boots completely in water, get them completely saturated. The reason for this is we don't want to just dip the boots into partially submerged into water, because that could create a water mark. So we want to completely saturate the boots in a bucket of water, and once we've done that and they've really gotten wet, we want to get them out, and then slip our feet into them, and then wear them. We want to wear them for a while, so be prepared for that. You're going to be walking around in some squishy boots, but as they dry, and after 30 minutes, as they dry, you want to then apply conditioner to the outside of the shoe, outside of the boot, and then keep applying that conditioner. The conditioner can be any kind of leather conditioner, but you could actually even use a hand lotion, something of that nature, but the idea is that as the water is evaporating out of the pores, you want the conditioner to be going back into the pores and that be drying and solidifying the shape of that boot. So, first of all, we're going to dip the boots - not dip, sorry. Wrong word. We're going to immerse the boots into the water. Really get right in there. And you're going to need to leave them in there for a while, because they're obviously fairly large, and... I can hear the shoes filling up with water there. They're getting well and truly saturated right now, and also depending on the type of leather that it is, it's going to take a little longer if it's a finished leather. Let me get this out of here. I'd recommend leaving it in a little longer, actually, than that, but we don't have a great deal of time, so I'm going to take that out and drain this one out as well. Okay. So now that they're saturated, you want to go ahead and slip your feet into the boots and wear them. It's going to be a bit uncomfortable, wearing wet boots, but you want to wear them and after about 30 minutes of drying out, you want to them start applying a hand lotion or a conditioner, conditioning cream, and as that water starts evaporating out of the pores, it's going to replace that water with a conditioning cream into the pores. So, it's going to start taking the shape of the foot. So, having done that, you should have a great pair of boots that feel great. And that's how you stretch leather boots.


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