Gentlemen: My turn-of-the-century-looking H By Hudson leather ankle boots have begun ripping where the vamp meets the sole after 6 short months of light office wear: A cool-looking boot, but unfortunately a cheapie. I have just purchased a pair of Levi's Baldwin Derby Lace-Up boots from the UK on closeout at $70 USD shipped. For that price, I won't be complaining if I only get 6 months of wear out of them. At any rate, my size is either 12 or 13 US, and these were advertised as 11 UK/46 European, which I see is the equivalent to 12 US and appears to be the largest size produced for this boot. They arrived in the mail this week, and as I found they are stated as 11 UK/11.5 US inside the boot, these are in fact 1/2 size too snug. Do any of the remedies actually work, like putting bags of water in them and sticking the pair in the freezer, or spraying with rubbing alcohol? If anyone has successfully stretched their boots @1/2 size, I would sincerely appreciate any advice. Thanks!