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A Practical Guide to Stretching your Leather Boots

Updated on July 12, 2011
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After looking through hundreds of options, you have finally decided on which pair of cowboy leather boots to buy. Since you have poured in extra effort in finding the perfect pair, you cannot help but be happy about your choice. However, just like most leather shoes, you find out that you need to stretch it out so that it would also fit perfectly into your feet. To do that, here are several methods that can help.

Styles in Cowboy Boots

Stretching Fluid

Buy a stretching fluid. This solution can be applied onto the surface of leather or suede shoes and stretch it without causing damage to the material. Just be sure that you only buy a high quality stretching fluid and follow closely the instructions that come with it.

Shoe Stretcher

Use a shoe stretcher. A shoe stretcher is a device designed to expand the shoe’s width or length. Place this inside them boots overnight and you would see a difference on the size of your leather boots. Again, invest only in a good quality shoe stretcher that is made of durable materials that will not cause damage to your cowboy boots. Also, be sure to read and understand the manual thoroughly before using.


Clean the leather shoes with a warm damp rag. Do this on the exterior and interior of the boot, while paying special attention to the sides of the boot that is stitched into the sole. The material of the boot will gradually stretch after repeated processes.

Stuff the boots with damp newspapers. If you do not have a shoe stretcher to use, a good alternative would be damp newspapers that you can use to pack tightly into the shoes. Just be careful not to push the newspapers in such a way that they will deform the shape of the leather. After this, allow the pair to dry overnight and repeat the process.

Choosing Cowboy Boots

Online Stores

The Internet is a good resource for information on how to stretch your boots. Aside from this, this is also a good venue for buying cowboy boots. Many online stores sell cowboy boots such as Harley Davidson boots and Twisted X boots. However, you need to find a reputable store that sells authentic and high quality products.

To do this, go for stores that have been in the business for a long time enough for them to earn a good reputation. Check if the online store is equipped with a secure system that will not expose your credit card information to thieves and hackers. It would also help if the store has a customer service that is accessible 24 hours a day. Moreover, you can also read feedback and testimonials of past customers on what kind of service they give.

The Right Fit

Buying cowboy boots is not the only thing that matters. It is also important that you are able to get the right fit, stretch the material to conform to the shape of your feet, and to care for the shoes properly for them to last a long time with you.


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