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Widening cordovan?

buddha123

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I purchased a pair of wintips that are a hair tight...actually a little more than a hair (I'm normally a B/C these are a AA).

Is it worthwhile to get a cobbler to stretch these?

Does cordovan stretch at all?

Thanks.
 

jerrybrowne

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Originally Posted by buddha123
I purchased a pair of wintips that are a hair tight...actually a little more than a hair (I'm normally a B/C these are a AA). Is it worthwhile to get a cobbler to stretch these? Does cordovan stretch at all? Thanks.
I've stretched a pair before and wasn't happy with what it did to the finish. It does work though.
 

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I got amazingly lucky once and found pair of alden cordovan bluchers at a thrift store. Unfortunately they were at least a half size too small.

My local cobbler took a look at them and said he could stretch them for me. They're still a little tight, but after stretching they're comfortable enough to wear for an evening without any ill effects.

Mine were pretty worn when I got them so I really didn't notice how much the stretching affected the leather. If these are a brand new pair I would probably be more wary about it then if you purchased them used.

I also seem to remember a forum member saying that alden has been known to restretch uppers onto a last of on width up (i.e. C->D) for a fee. This may just be wild speculation however.
 

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I have a pair of shell longwings that are 10C (I wear a 9.5D) and they are a tiny bit tight on the pinky toe. I have a shoe stretcher that has a little brass nub thing that you can insert into any one of various holes, one of which is to stretch right in that spot. I left it in for several days and it didn't do shit. Maybe an actual cobbler would have better results, but I'm guessing that it doesn't stretch like normal leather would. So I just live with it.
 

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They stretch. A cobbler can do that. Mine (AE macneils) became wearable, from unwearable.
 

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Originally Posted by buddha123
(I'm normally a B/C these are a AA)



Stretching a tiny amount can be done. The amount you need...impossible. Sell them and in the future buy shoes that fit.
 

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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum


Stretching a tiny amount can be done. The amount you need...impossible. Sell them and in the future buy shoes that fit.


+1. I ordered a pair of AE Leeds, and they were just too tight on my outside toes when I walked. They definitely stretched, but my cobbler couldn't stretch them enough to make them comfortable. If they're comfortable now, but just not perfect, you might try stretching. If they're unwearable now, just return or exchange for a different size. Cordovan is just too expensive to compromise on fit. If they're not comfortable, you'll never want to wear them. If you bought these used and can't return, you've got nothing to lose. My cobbler only charged me $5.
 

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