How to Stretch Leather Boots

Dear Budget Fashionista,

I recently purchased my one splurge item, a pair of Michael Kors Jolene boots.  These boots are knee high and gorgeous!!!  Unfortunately, they do not fit around my calves (the one muscular part of my body… go figure!)  Is there anyway to stretch leather boots so they will fit around my calves, or do I give up and return these beautiful boots?

How to Stretch Leather Boots

No need to return the boots. Take them to a cobbler and ask them to either stretch the calf of the boot, or,  if need be, add a piece of elastic and/or leather to the boot to make them larger.  This is pretty common request, so your local cobbler should be able to do it, no problem.  You can find a great cobbler in the nearest mall or in the yellow pages.

You can try and stretch the calfs of your boots yourself and there are several “calf stretcher” products online. I’ve never tried this myself, so I can’t recommend one product over another, but it may be worth a try.