How to Shrink Cowboy Boots

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There is nothing worse than your favorite everyday pair of cowboy boots stretching with time or finally finding that pair of cowboy boots only to discover they might be a touch too loose. No matter how you got here, you are now in need of a way to shrink cowboy boots to get that snug fit back. Here at Sheplers Western Wear, we’re the top choice for cowboy boots for men, women, and children, so we’re sharing our favorite tips on how to shrink your cowboy boots to the perfect size.

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Steps to Shrinking Your Cowboy Boots

Quality cowboy boots such as Ariat men’s boots and Ariat women’s boots are made of leather. This means that not only are your boots durable, but they can also be worked into different sizes. Over time, you may find that your leather boots begin to soften and stretch. To combat this wear and tear, try our tips on how to shrink cowboy boots.

Step 1:

Fill a bucket with warm water and completely submerge your cowboy boots. Leave your cowboy boots to soak for one hour in order to ensure they completely absorb the water. At the same time, soak a pair of socks you would normally wear with the boots until they are completely wet.

Step 2:

When time is up, put the wet socks on followed by the wet boots. While it might be tough to get the boots on, this is the best way to shrink cowboy boots to the size you like.

Step 3:

The final step to shrink cowboy boots is to wear your wet boots and socks until they’re totally dry. While this might seem uncomfortable, it is an imperative step. Once the leather dries, your cowboy boots will shrink to the shape of your feet.


How Should Cowboy Boots Fit?

Now that you know how to shrink cowboy boots, you’ll end up with the perfect fit. If you are still having issues with the fit, you may want to check out our guides on how to break in American cowboy boots and how to soften cowboy boots. Still confused about how to transform those uncomfortable blister makers into a perfect fitting shoe? While your pair of cowboy boots may look good with the rest of your western style wear, something is off. Our boot fit guide can help you determine what your boots need in order to get that nice, snug fit.



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