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Hubby has bought some football boots, worn them twice and realised that they’re too small for him. :rolleyes: It’s the length as well as the width and they’ve given him blisters (. ). Can’t take them back as been worn in mud. :rolleyes:

I’ve looked at shoe stretchers (ebay, £10 inc postage for one) but was wondering if there’s an alternative way of making them bigger. Thought about stuffing them with newspaper but that wouldn’t make them longer.

They’re leather btw.

Thanking you very much in advance. :T


my dad used to stuff our shoes with damp newspaper and lots of it.

Alternativly cut off his toes:D

Men aye, can’t let em out alone for one minute

I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to move your thread to the I wanna board, where hopefully you will get some help.

I don’t know whether or not it will help, but I found this on google:

Thanks folks . maybe if he‘d tried the boots on wearing his normal two pairs of footy socks rather than his thin work socks then we wouldn’t be having this problem! :rolleyes:

Pink, no probs, I don’t mind where it goes , I just thought it was more an old style thing as I wanted old fashioned cheap remedies rather than asking where to buy shoe stretchers. Ta anyway.

you probably won’t appreciate it but get him to wear them with his 2 pairs of socks then get in the bath with them on, hopefully the wet leather should then give a little, maybe then stuff it tight as possible with paper etc. before they start to dry out

(or as per the link above get him to take a pee in them, for one thing it will teach him to get the right size next time)

you probably won’t appreciate it but get him to wear them with his 2 pairs of socks then get in the bath with them on, hopefully the wet leather should then give a little, maybe then stuff it tight as possible with paper etc. before they start to dry out

(or as per the link above get him to take a pee in them, for one thing it will teach him to get the right size next time)

:rotfl: Thing is his feet are so manky and deformed from wearing tight footie boots all his life that the boots would probably stay the same but his toes would bend to fit them

I think we’ll go down the route of wetting the leather and trying to stretch them out with paper but the shoe stretchers seem the best overall method, only problem is the cost :rolleyes:

I’ve a good mind to pee in ’em anyway just to teach him a lesson!

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It’s Monday evening. After a hectic day of work you receive a telephone call from your son’s football coach about his jersey, and you drop by his office and pick up his medium-size jersey. After throwing it in your car you rush home to make dinner for the family. Before bed, as an afterthought, you have him try it on. Oh no, it’s too small! There’s no way your son and his huge shoulder pads will fit in there together and his first game is tomorrow night.

This is a scenario that has happened to many. While it might be possible to ask for another jersey, there are times this may not be an option. The best option may be stretching the jersey yourself. While this may seem like a difficult task, with a little know-how it can be done fairly easily.

Fill the washing machine, the storage or bath tub, or other container with water. Cold water is best for this process.

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Immerse the jersey in the water, letting it remain until thoroughly soaked and the fibers are loosened. This should take about about 10 minutes.

Remove the jersey from the water and ring it out by hand to remove much of the excess water. However, make sure it is still sopping wet. The more saturated the fibers, the easier it will be for the fabric to expand.

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Place the bottom of the jersey around the back of the wide-backed chair and gently work it down over it until it’s as far as it can go. It is important to do this gently so that the fabric only stretches and is not damaged by stretching it too fast.

Rotate the jersey around the chair back repeatedly and at regular intervals. This action should be continued until the jersey is dry. This is to ensure that even stretching occurs. You don’t want the jersey to be bigger in the stomach but still too narrow at the sides, or vice versa.

It’s a good idea to use a fan pointed toward the chair/jersey to speed up drying time, especially if time is short. Also, to stretch the arms and/or shoulders of the jersey, try placing large food cans or jars in the sleeves while wet.


This process is for temporary stretching only. Repeated stretching will damage the jersey over time.

This article was co-authored by Marc Sigal. Marc Sigal is the Founder of ButlerBox, a dry cleaning and shoe care service based in Los Angeles, California. ButlerBox places custom-designed, wrinkle-resistant lockers in luxury apartment buildings, class A office buildings, shopping centers, and other convenient locations so you can pick up and drop off items 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Marc has a BA in Global and International Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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When you think about breaking in tough leather shoes like Dr. Martens, you may experience an instinctive shudder as you get ready to stock up on band-aids and live with a few blisters. But stretching your new shoes so they fit your feet can be a relatively easy and pain-free process. There are several break-in methods to choose from, all of which can be done at home!

How to stretch football boots

How to stretch football boots

How to stretch football boots

How to stretch football boots

Marc Sigal
Shoe Care Specialist Expert Interview. 15 January 2020. Bend the back of the shoe inwards to make the heel area more spacious, then push the toe to and away from the laces. You can also bend the leather in and out on the instep (or the middle, by the laces) of the shoe. [4] X Research source

  • This may cause creasing in the leather. To avoid noticeable or permanent creases, be sure your leather is properly conditioned before you use your hands to stretch it. Dr. Martens has its own product, Wonder Balsam, for this purpose.
  • Periodically conditioning your boots will also aid in the overall break-in process. Soft and supple leather is much easier to stretch than stiff leather. [5] X Research source

The size of a shoe doesn’t always tell the whole story. While a shoe may “fit”, your comfort level can still vary. If you need some extra breathing room, put a baggie of water in your shoe and toss it in the freezer to stretch it a bit.

As we all (hopefully) learned in school, water expands when it freezes . That means a small bag filled with water will stretch your shoe a bit as the ice forms. While you should be careful not to over stuff your shoe—lest you risk tearing it—a little extra give can mean the difference between comfort and searing pain all night long. When you’re done, break the ice out of the shoe. As tips blog Better Remade explains:

I typically freeze them overnight, take them out in the morning, break out the ice, and then repeat once more and leave them in for the next day and night for a little extra stretch. Do not let the bags melt inside the shoes, that will lead to wet shoes, and might ruin them. Most of the time I can wiggle out the ice bag, or I break it out with the end of a knife.

This is yet another tip in the surprisingly specific category of putting-shoes -in- the-freezer tricks. Just be careful not to let the bag rip when you’re placing the water in. And, as the source points out, it’s better to break the ice out of your shoe, as the expansion could rip the bag. Allowing it to melt can damage your shoe as well.

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How to stretch football boots

A well-fitted pair of football cleats is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can purchase as a football player. Cleats help you keep your footing, help you propel as you sprint and allow you to quickly stop, cut and change directions on the playing field. Like most shoes, football cleats may not be the most comfortable shoes upon purchase. Learn the ways that you can help prepare your shoes for the upcoming football season.

Endure that your football cleats are the appropriate size. Poor-fitted football cleats can lead to blisters, sores and other foot and ankle injuries. Your shoes should fit snugly in the heels with plenty of room in the toes. Your longest toe should be 1/2 inch from the tip of your shoe.

Use petroleum jelly on portions of your feet that may be susceptible to blisters and sores from friction. Apply a thin layer or petroleum jelly to your toes as well as your heels to help reduce friction between your football cleats and your skin.

Walk around in your new football cleats in your house, backyard or a park. This can help your feet get used to your new cleats.

Gradually introduce your new football cleats to practices. Wear your new cleats for a few hours each practice until you are comfortably able to wear them all practice.

Stuff your cleats with newspaper after each use. This can help to stretch the shoe and keep the shape of your shoe.

Always try shoes on prior to purchase. Football cleats should fit relatively comfortably at purchase. Avoid buying shoes that seem uncomfortable from the minute you try them on.

To prevent foot and ankle injuries, replace your football cleats when they become worn or damaged.


If you suspect a foot or ankle injury, discontinue foot and contact your physician.

Hi guys,
I decided to join the uni football team and went out and bought some boots today, I got some Tiempo Legends (middle tier boots) due to my love of using them before.

Quick question though, my normal foot size is like 7.5/8 more 7.5 though, I got an 8 in the Tiempo’s and they fit..fine i’d say but they are a tiny weeny bit uncomfortable. but everyone says you have to break them in.

Should I keep the 8’s or go up to an 8.5? my worry if is that if I go up a size then yeah they’ll be comfy but because they’re made from that K Leather they will stretch even more and will become too big?

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Really? My stupid Sunday League manager lied to us all for years in that case.

He always used to tell us the best way to break them in was to wear them in a hot bath so they’d mould themselves around your foot. I never did myself, but a lot of my team-mates did.

(Original post by KingMessi)
Really? My stupid Sunday League manager lied to us all for years in that case.

He always used to tell us the best way to break them in was to wear them in a hot bath so they’d mould themselves around your foot. I never did myself, but a lot of my team-mates did.

It basically destroys the integrity of the leather. I imagine cold water would be fine but I still wouldn’t recommend it

You are meant to try and keep them as dry as possible, which is why you are meant to stuff them with newspaper if they get soaked etc.

How to stretch football boots

Here’s our simple guide to cleaning your football boots.

How to stretch football boots

How To Wash Your Football Boots

1. After playing, loosen your laces to allow easy removal of your boots (Don’t kick them off at the heel!).

2. Remove loose dirt by knocking your boots together, then brush your football boots with a stiff brush.

Do not use a wire brush as this will damage them, instead try and use a brush with bristles made from a natural material.

3. Wipe the football boots with a damp cloth to remove smaller particles of dirt.

Do not use a cleaning agent to clean your football boots.

4. If the football boots have been used in wet conditions, you can use an old toothbrush to remove dirt that has been trapped in small grooves.

5. Stuff the football boots with newspaper to maintain shape and to help extract any moisture. If the boots are very wet, you may need to replace the newspaper daily.

6. Allow the football boots to dry in a natural heat.

Warning: Drying the boots with heat can cause the football boots to become stiff and the adhesives can deteriorate. Stiff boots are far more likely to rip and are weak. Deteriorated adhesives can make joints weak, such as the join between the upper and the sole plate. Additionally, heat drying your football boots can cause your soleplate to warp.

7. Once dry, grease the studs, ‘Vaseline’ is good for this. This will prevent rusting if the boots are screw-in, it will also help prevent soil from sticking to the studs.

8. If the boots are leather, they can be polished to retain their colour.

9. After allowing the polish to work in, typically 24 hours, the boot should be protected by a Dubbin or natural leather oil. Dubbin or oil, helps keep the football boot waterproof and the leather supple.

Warning: When cleaning football boots with synthetic material, do not use a Dubbin or oil. See – How to Wash Synthetic Football Boots

10. If changing or cleaning studs, add a slight lubricant to the stud thread to prevent any rusting if moisture gets in. Ensure the stud is tight, but not too tight to damage the thread. (Too much lubricant will reduce the friction and prevent the stud from properly tightening).

Have you got a tip for cleaning your football boots? If so, drop a mention of it below.

At, we field all sorts of questions about our cleats. Athletes are always looking for tips on what kind of boots might work best for their position, advice on how their cleats should fit, and information on the differences between brands.

How to stretch football boots

On a more general level, some people wonder what exactly makes a soccer cleat a soccer cleat. Are all cleats the same? What is the difference between soccer and football cleats?

Our experts break down the differences between these two designs and help define the attributes that make soccer cleats so unique.

Soccer Cleats are Lightweight

For starters, all soccer cleats are relatively lightweight. It’s generally understood that lighter shoes will offer better agility, better speed, and may help reduce fatigue. This is really important in a soccer match when players are jogging or running for over 45 minutes at a time.

For football, some players like receivers and defensive backs might want the most lightweight and agile cleats available, but other positions might prefer a heavier shoe with more support.

Football Cleats have a Toe Stud

One of the most important differences between football and soccer cleats is that football cleats often have a toe spike. A spike near the big toe adds extra traction for when you’re blocking or pushing forward against a tackler, which is why it’s valuable to a football player. In soccer, a spike near the front toe could interfere with ball handling. Given the nature of the sport, it’s better to leave the toe spike off.

Soccer Cleats Feature a Natural Toe Feel

Unless you’re a punter or a kicker, toe feel and striking area response doesn’t really matter to a football player. Companies who manufacture soccer cleats put a good deal of effort into engineering toes and striking areas that feel natural and responsive. In addition to traction and a comfortable fit, it’s imperative that you get a consistent touch response when you lob a pass, fire a shot, or dribble the ball. For this reason, you are going to want to choose soccer cleats that fit snugly. With football cleats, it doesn’t really matter as much, and if you’re in between sizes, it’s probably fine to select a larger cleat if it’s more comfortable.

Football Cleats Come in High-Top and Mid-Rise Designs

Since soccer players value a lightweight feel and maximum agility, all soccer cleats are low cut. This allows the athlete’s ankle to move more freely. Football cleats come in three different designs: low cut cleats that are similar to tennis shoes or standard soccer cleats, mid-rise designs, and high-tops that are similar in shape to basketball shoes. The higher ankle means the cleat is heavier, but also provides more padding and ankle support.