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pumpkin-head
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 12:17 am    Post subject: saving boots Reply with quote

I had a particularly blond moment and stuck my walking boots on the radiator to dry out, now of course they've shrunk and are all stiff and uncomfortable. I've tried soaking them again and allowing them to dry slowly but it didn't help. Does anyone have any suggestions or am I going to have to write to santa? They're the gortex kind.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plead insanity(It's a field I know well), write to Santa and at least if you can sort the old ones they'll do as spares.
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Flyfishermanbob
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought about this .. there is only one solution......

soak your feet till they are totally saturated ..... place on radiator till they are crinkly and dry..... et voila .... boots will be a perfect fit !!!!!


Sheesh... why didn't anyone else think of this..... Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was away to do what you suggested Bob, then realised that none of my other shoes would fit after Wink

Santa it is then Rolling Eyes
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markandlynn
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nikwax lots and lots of it.

Apply with your fingers as the heat from them melts it in.

Will probably take two or three "coats" to do the trick.

I pressure wash our boots once a year (carefully) so have to do this every year works a treat.

Other wise i recomend miendl borneo pro boots they are superb boots.
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Jack Aubrey
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been following all the advice on this useful thread very carefully and applying all the handy hints.

markNOTlynn wrote:
Nikwax lots and lots of it.

Apply with your fingers as the heat from them melts it in.

Will probably take two or three "coats" to do the trick.



Ok. I've done all that, just as recommended. My feet are now really waterproof; but the downside is that my boots keep slipping off.

What do I do next?Puzzled
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markandlynn
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doh !
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erm,...... the other thing is that wee crinkly feet's boots are goretex.... they might not like nikwax.... Sad


Dear Santa......
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flyfishermanbob wrote:
Erm,...... the other thing is that wee crinkly feet's boots are goretex.... they might not like nikwax.... Sad


I'm grateful for your delicate approach in this post FFB. But damn the publicity: give it to me straight from the shoulder.

What might this mean for my membranes?

Will I ever play the Matterhorn again?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jack Aubrey wrote:
Flyfishermanbob wrote:
Erm,...... the other thing is that wee crinkly feet's boots are goretex.... they might not like nikwax.... Sad


I'm grateful for your delicate approach in this post FFB. But damn the publicity: give it to me straight from the shoulder.

What might this mean for my membranes?

Will I ever play the Matterhorn again?


There comes a point in everyone's lives when the facts must be faced.....in truth there are no ways to disguise the inevitable 'They's not pinin'! 'They's passed on! These boots are no more! they have ceased to be! 'They've expired and gone to meet 'their maker!
'They,re a stiff! Bereft of life, 'They rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'em to the perch 'they'd be pushing up the daisies!
'Is metabolic processes they are now 'istory! 'they's off the twig!
'they's kicked the bucket, 'they's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!!

THEYS ARE EX-BOOTS!!

Slainge Bob

ps forget the Matterhorn......
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flyfishermanbob wrote:
Erm,...... the other thing is that wee crinkly feet's boots are goretex.... they might not like nikwax.... Sad


Dear Santa......


WOW never come across pure goretex boots before, goretex lined yes, but goretex boots wow where do you get them from. ??

Forget the matterhorn it's melting by the year.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

* A very old tip for making shoes a little more roomy. Find a potato that fits snugly into the shoe, peel it then push it into the shoe and leave overnight. If this does not stretch the shoe enough, try a larger potato.

* Use plastic food bags, quart size, and fill with water to fit your shoes. Then put them in the freezer. As the water freezes it stretches the shoes.

* Just use ordinary rubbing alcohol to stretch your shoes. Wet the leather with alcohol and put the boot/shoe on while it is wet. The alcohol dries quickly and does not dry out or crack the leather like water does. It really does work!

* There is also a product called 'shoe stretch'. I am not sure if you will be able to find it or something similar where you live. It is available in shoe stores. Basically you spray it onto the tight shoe before wearing them and it will help the shoe to stretch. Especially good if you have gained a few pounds, as that is the time when our shoes feel a little tighter.

(....and yes, I did Google it Razz )
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