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- Made from cast aluminum
- Also works on Western, Work, and Riding boots
- One size fits all (view measurements)
- Stretches boot shaft and boot instep at the same time
- Sold by FootFitter USA
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FootFitter Cast Aluminum Combination Boot Instep and Shaft Stretcher is a true 2-in-1. It works on all boots, including western, work, and riding. With the slide of a centered pin, the stretcher allows you to alter the width of the instep or shaft for supreme comfort. This stretcher is one size fits all. Dimensions: 30 x 4 x 4 in.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 30 x 4 x 4 inches; 9 Pounds
- Item model number : 101-043
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : February 18, 2010
- Manufacturer : FootFitter
- ASIN : B000PON49U
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I've attached pictures of my red leather Miz Mooz boots, with full (somewhat delicate
nylon) zippers up the side.
Taking it slow and using stretcher spray, the first boot has already gone from a
15" calf circumference to a 17" calf circumference. It's clear that these boots can be
further enlarged, they show absolutely no sign of being stretched. The elastic side
gusset (shown near zipper) may slightly stretch, but they are stretched when wearing
anyway, so doesn't bother me how they look in my closet.
As pictures show, the boots went from not zipping up my calf, to now easily fitting my
calf (with tucked in jeans) with room to spare.
I've gone from shopping for wide calf boots to now shopping for regular boots, because I know
that they can be adapted without additional cost.
First, the basic: yes, it's well made and pretty much works as expected if you read the description here.
Second, I wanted to give some specifics of how I used it, since that would have been helpful to me in deciding whether to buy it (I waited a long time and now wish I'd bought it at least a year ago!)
My issue is that I have calves that (due to all the normal stuff, being a distance runner, genetic predisposition to muscular legs, being a few pounds over my ideal weight) are a little too large for most normal-sized knee-high boots. But weirdly a lot of the extended calf styles are too large. Also if you've ever shopped for extended calf boots, you know what I mean when I say that it's hard to find versions that are as stylish and well made as what you can find in the regular sizes, and frankly I'm kind of a snob and cannot stand wearing cheap shoes :)
So, I have successfully used this stretcher to stretch the following boots: the Frye Jackie Tall Riding boot, the Frye Jane Tall Cuff, and the Frye Sacha Over The Knee. The Jackie and the Jane were boots I already owned, bought when I was at my skinniest ever and foolishly optimistic that I would probably get even skinnier somehow, and I've never really gotten to wear them much because though I could get them on, they were a bit too tight to look or feel great. I was at the point of deciding I either needed to give them away or stretch them because I couldn't justify the closet space for boots I literally never wore. So I bought this stretcher willing to take the risk of ruining them. The result was that I managed to stretch the calves of each of these about 1.5 inches and that was perfect for them to go from too tight to fitting nicely with jeans tucked it. The Jackie did split a tiny bit in the back seam, which a cobbler was able to repair pretty easily and was not a big deal.
After such great success with the Jane and Jackie, I bought the Sacha, as I've wanted a great pair of OTK boots forever. I had no trouble stretching them about`1.5 inches as well. For all of these, I would say it took about 24 hours per boot to get results.
One key thing, as other reviewers have noted - there is no way to expand the calf part only - you have to expand the ankle/instep part at least a bit. For the Jane this as ok, as it's a pull-on style and the ankle part is basically straight. For the Jackie and Sacha, I left the ankle zip open to keep it from getting too stretched. However, I haven't yet tried this on a pair with a full zip. My guess is that you would need to tread really carefully with stretching with a boot that had a full zip and therefore required you to close the zipper - only because if you think about it, on a lot of boots, the zipper is going to be the weakest point (Frye have a more heavy duty zipper and might do better) and so I think you'd be taking a huge risk that the zipper would fail and if it does, replacing it is pretty expensive and might not be worth it - a seam splitting can be fixed much more easily The other thing about Frye is that they're lined with leather. But if you're stretching a boot with a fabric or synthetic liner, I would say the liner ripping is pretty likely.
Last helpful hint - this stretcher is really designed more for a cowboy boot height, in the sense that if you're doing what I did and trying to stretch a boot that goes all the way to the knee, you may have to sort of move it around - it's not long enough to stretch the whole shaft at once and if you move it up, the little bulge at the bottom that is supposed to be for the instep could make a weird bulge in the shaft. Which is why I say that this works pretty well for a boot with an ankle zipper that you can open, but might not be great with a full zip.
Anyway, good luck, hopefully this helps!
I recently found some beautiful Frye boots on deep discount (under $150) that were called "wide calf" so I ordered them. Of course when they arrived, they didn't fit -- I could only zip them up to about 6"-7" from the top.
We no longer have a shoe repair shop in town, so I started looking for options. In that process I learned it would cost nearly $100 to have them stretched professionally. After reading reviews here (and waiting for the boot stretcher to come back into stock), I decided the price was worth it if they worked, as I could buy ANY pair of boots if they did. The experimenting my fellow reviewers have done even with synthetic boots increased my confidence in ordering even further.
I could not be happier. In fact, I'm giggly-estactic about owning this boot stretcher and fully understand why they can't keep them in stock. It is HEAVY, folks, and super easy to operate (check youtube as it doesn't come with written instructions).
If you are on the fence and/or suffering from sticker shock, please know this thing works. It stretched my boots at least 3 inches or more (I stretched even more after the picture was taken), and it's an investment in my style future. I've even pulled out some mid-calf boots from my closet that fit kind of tight-ish at the top. Happy happy HAPPY!!!
So frustrated right now -- the stretcher worked as advertised the first time, stretching a pair of tall boots exactly as I needed it to. Then a few days ago I used it again on a pair of vintage Ralph Lauren field boots in mint condition. Big mistake. As I was turning the handle to stretch the bottom portion of the boot the peg broke. Now the stretcher is stuck inside the boot, which has no zipper. I wasn't cranking on the handle with all my weight or even turning it very hard at all. I'm not a bodybuilder, I don't have super hero strength. I'm a middle-aged woman with no upper body strength and calves that are larger than they used to be, hence my investment in a high-end, pricey (turns out it was overpriced) boot stretcher. Thanks a lot, Foot Fitter. Worst investment ever.
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A bit concerned about the screw device though because the rest of the body is made like from pure cast iron or something. Tripped over it and my toe was throbbing like I hit it against an industrial machinery.
Pictured: Stuart Weitzman boots and my 43cm calves