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A question for the experts...

My left foot is larger than my right, almost half a size.

Got a pair of Comfort Craftmans in size 8G online. First boot/leather shoe of this kind/quality/price for me. They fit perfectly on the right foot, but are snug around the instep for the left foot. Left foot toe box seems to be very snug as well. I wouldn't say it doesn't fit, but it's tight and uncomfortable.

I'm planning on breaking them in 20mins-1hr a day while I work from home. Will the left boot stretch enough to be comfortable?

Various websites say the leather doesn't stretch, but will ease and mold to my foot. I'm not sure what that means actually.

Any help appreciated!
 

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I'm planning on breaking them in 20mins-1hr a day while I work from home. Will the left boot stretch enough to be comfortable?

Various websites say the leather doesn't stretch, but will ease and mold to my foot. I'm not sure what that means actually.

Any help appreciated!
If its uncomfortable immediately, you'll be fighting a tough battle. If the tightness is felt after awhile of wear, you have a better chance of it fitting once you've broken them in.

In my experience, the yearling responds well to isopropyl alcohol/leather stretching conditioners and using toe/instep stretchers. It's harder to stretch the areas where the elastic/seams are. The very end of the toebox (where the structure/celastic is) won't stretch either.
 

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A question for the experts...

My left foot is larger than my right, almost half a size.

Got a pair of Comfort Craftmans in size 8G online. First boot/leather shoe of this kind/quality/price for me. They fit perfectly on the right foot, but are snug around the instep for the left foot. Left foot toe box seems to be very snug as well. I wouldn't say it doesn't fit, but it's tight and uncomfortable.

I'm planning on breaking them in 20mins-1hr a day while I work from home. Will the left boot stretch enough to be comfortable?

Various websites say the leather doesn't stretch, but will ease and mold to my foot. I'm not sure what that means actually.

Any help appreciated!
Return then if you can. And get the Factory to make you a Made to Order pair with one half a size larger. Therefore Left foot boot 8.5G and Right foot 8G. Problem solved. Only way to fit perfect. Its common the factory do this method.
 

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If its uncomfortable immediately, you'll be fighting a tough battle. If the tightness is felt after awhile of wear, you have a better chance of it fitting once you've broken them in.

In my experience, the yearling responds well to isopropyl alcohol/leather stretching conditioners and using toe/instep stretchers. It's harder to stretch the areas where the elastic/seams are. The very end of the toebox (where the structure/celastic is) won't stretch either.
That's quite curious. So in your experience, the "break in" of the shoe doesn't equate to any stretch along the instep? I'm not too worried about the elastic area or the toe-box, as they feel fine.
 

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That's quite curious. So in your experience, the "break in" of the shoe doesn't equate to any stretch along the instep? I'm not too worried about the elastic area or the toe-box, as they feel fine.
It will a little bit. But if you're in pain now, it may only stretch it out so your comfortable for a bit, and then you'll get discomfort after a longer wear. That's the gamble.
 

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Hi! Hoping someone here with an old pair of RMs can help me identify the manufacture date on these very beat-up pair I picked up to restore. It seems to be a different insole design from recent pairs which have month/date to the right of the sizing.
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3 1/2 is the sizing (women's). I'm trying to figure out if the 9 6 means September 2006 or 1996 or something else entirely.

Thanks!
 

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So I finally bought my first pair of RM Williams, Comfort Turnout in Slate suede
Nice pickup. Did you buy those online? I did see those on the website but they have black tugs and elastics on the site whereas yours are brown. Wouldn't be the first time RM have advertised a certain spec but then delivered something different, I had a pair remade last year because of that in fact.

They look cool though, I've kind of always wanted grey suede, but they don't offer it as a Craftsman/MTO.
 

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As the man said. I love suede, its suits my (casual) style. I find leather requires dressing up and I rarely find an occasion for it. All my friends/colleagues still rock sneakers and find suede shoes/boots formal.

Jykaes, thanks for pointing that out. I hadn't noticed the differences. Now it makes sense why I thought the grey looked lighter in person than in the pictures.

I bought them from a store in New Bond Street, London. I enquired about them on the phone last weekend, they said this colour was a "limited edition" which I guess meant seasonal and there was only one pair in my size left in the UK (they had only nine pairs remaining in AUS).

I always wanted a pair of grey suede Chelsea's, would have preferred them a bit darker like in the pictures but happy with them. Love the last, they have a toe shape similar to my C&J Chiltern which were my favourite shoes
 

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