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Widening a pair of C&J suede boots

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mack11211, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Brooklyn USA
    Dear Folks:

    Recently I purchased  a couple of poorly advertised mixed lots of shoes and boots on ebay.  I was the only bidder.  The total for both lots was $16.

    I had sent to me only the boots in my size.  One pair was by John Francis, in a Chelsea boot style [see John Francis query thread]; the other was a pair of chocolate brown suede chukkas.  When I got them, I found to my delight that they were unworn, with a charge slip from the Canadian store Simpson's dated 1974, and they were made by Crockett & Jones.

    Info on the inside reads:


    023572     C710X-24

    222      8 1/2 B

    They are in excellent, like-new condition, except for a scuff on one toe.  The style is very elegant and thin, which is my bugaboo: when I tried one on, it was very tight across the foot, for I am a C or D width, and the boots, as noted above, are a B.

    If I wear these shoes around or have them stretched professionally (is this posssible), will they look distended and ugly, or even worse, will the suede, now over 30 years old, just split?  Or should I re-bay them?  What might they be worth?

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

    Jun 14, 2004
    SE Michigan (frequent NYC visitor)
    I've tried to widen shoes by having a shoe repair shop stretch them on at least two occasions. Coincidentally, one shoe was a brown suede chukka boot. It simply did not work despite having a "professional" shoe stretcher with plugs on the side.

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