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post #2521 of 6039

Really depends, but if it feels tight at first fit, don't hope for much. A 1/8 of an inch I`d say, which can't be enough to get rid of the tight feel...how many of us have tried and hoped, but alas it never works out that way...

post #2522 of 6039
don't know how tight they are on you, but if you don't have issues on the length & you're able to put them on w/ thin or w/o socks, then it's doable.

i've stretched quite a few pairs just cuz my feet are on the wide-side. however, yours seemed to look like the White's full grain leather, so it's going to be a bit tougher ... but, as i mentioned, doable.

my William Lennon T.O.W. in reversed kip butt leather [thicker & more dense than SJ rough-outs, actually] were feverishly tight & tough when i got them. now, they're considerably more comfortable, tho' they need to soften up quite a bit more.

either, acquire a shoe [vamp] stretcher w/c you can find @most shoe repair shops or you can use shoe trees [if you already got those]. i use mink oil [Red Wing], specially formulated for hard boot leather.

1] apply mink oil on the vamp, let settle for a few hours

2] insert stretcher & tighten w/o forcing__ if using shoe tree, insert wedge material [ie, shoe horn, cardboard, etc.] to tighten

3] re-apply mink oil & set aside for a day or 2__ also, you can blow dry slightly to distribute oil evenly

4] re-adjust stretcher to tighten & set aside for another couple of days__ if using shoe tree, add inserts

once you got them stretched out, you need to wear them constantly, otherwise leather will snap back to original state. if still too tight, repeat steps 1-4

good luck!!!
Edited by IIIrd Icon - 10/27/13 at 6:57am
post #2523 of 6039
After having gone through several pairs, if it doesn't fit out the box- chances are it is the wrong size.
post #2524 of 6039
Thanks for all feedbacks guys..please refer pictures for fit pics

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This is a normal brown leather, not cxl..stretcher and mink oil method look promising though..
post #2525 of 6039
Ken,

Yep. I was surprised with the hole in the sole and I loved the leather sole. When I first bought my semi-dress I used to reguarly knock on the sole with my knuckes to show my friends that boots were awesome quality. I'll be getting them back with the full mini vibram sole which I don't mind b/c winter's coming.

Frankman
post #2526 of 6039
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Ahh, I remember the good ol days of brushing out the scuffs every time a new one popped up posting pics of the same boots every day.

 

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post #2527 of 6039

12" Custom Smokejumpers

(Break in tip - oil the tonged - Thanks Kyle)

 

 

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post #2528 of 6039
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Thanks for all feedbacks guys..please refer pictures for fit pic


This is a normal brown leather, not cxl..stretcher and mink oil method look promising though..

 Good luck - but it does seem at the top you need that to come together  quite a lot...how does your big toe feel? Does it sit natural, or compensating for the narrow width?

post #2529 of 6039
Cool pics and boots to match daizawaguy, very nice.
post #2530 of 6039

Can always take the boots to a cobbler to stretch them as well.

 

I found the bounty hunters to run a little narrow so I went with an E width and they've been great.  As long as they're only one size too narrow, try and work with em, if they are way too narrow, abandon ship!

post #2531 of 6039
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12" Custom Smokejumpers

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post #2532 of 6039
I know this has come up before, but can anyone tell me the height of a Whites block heel, lowered by 1/4 inch, whole heel measured at the back? Also, would different soles affect heel height?
post #2533 of 6039
yes absolutely. do a search for height in this thread for comparo pics
post #2534 of 6039
Hi Tod, the heel height varies a few mm here and there depending on sole choice but also as I've found on stock boots, who in the worshop is doing soles and heels that day/ week. I'll post some comparison measurements this eve.
post #2535 of 6039
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 Good luck - but it does seem at the top you need that to come together  quite a lot...how does your big toe feel? Does it sit natural, or compensating for the narrow width?

I manage to fit in with thin sock..my toes are fine, only the narrow width make it a lil bit weird to tie the laces..probably to to stretch them first using shoe tree and mink oil..
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