Even if you have steel toe boots you’ll still be able to stretch them. There are many qualities of a work boot, the toe cap being just one of them. Although a steel toe certainly prevents reshaping that area, the remainder of the boot can be reshaped so long as certain conditions are met.
Quality leather material and professional welt construction are the two most favorable factors when it comes to stretching boots. This is not to say that you can’t stretch other materials and construction styles, but leather and welts make it easiest for you.
If you’ve found yourself on this page, you probably find yourself wearing a pair of work boots that are just a little too small.
That’s okay, no reason to panic, there’s alway something that can be done to give your feet a little more breathing room.
Today I’m going to get into if it’s possible to stretch steel toe boots and what to look for.
There are different boots constructions and materials used to make them.
It’s more often used in leather products like belts and wallets.
I’m not going to say that top-grain won’t stretch, it will, I just don’t like the idea of getting a boot with top-grain that I intended on stretching.
Truthfully, I just don’t like the idea of a top-grain boot at all, but that’s a story for a different day.
I feel that a boot with both safety toe cap and top-grain leather construction is going in two different directions.
If you can avoid getting yourself into this type of situation, avoid it.
In the event that’s the situation you’re in and there’s nothing you can do about it at the moment, that’s okay.
Just make sure you go slowly and don’t turn a stretch into a rip.
Follow the suggestion of using a boot stretching spray prior to doing anything.
Synthetic uppers are the thing which you encounter the most difficulty stretching your steel toe boots.
Sometimes boots are made of new synthetic fibers and fabrics instead of leather.
These modern materials have entirely different properties than leather and won’t respond the same.
There are many reasons to choose a shoe with synthetic uppers, they’re lightweight, they’re breathable, they’re flexible.
One of the things they are not is moldable.
The structure of synthetic materials allows for them a high level of plasticity, expanding but then returning to their original shape.
While it is truly amazing that such materials exist, they don’t work well when your goal is to permanently reshape your footwear.
I’m not suggesting that if you have boots with a synthetic upper you shouldn’t try to stretch them (if you need to do so).
Go for it, you’ll definitely have a better experience after you do so. It’s just that you won’t get the long term, form fitting fit that you can get with leather.
You’ll find yourself back stretching again in a little while.
Fortunately, synthetic materials tend to be more forgiving in terms of how forcefully they put pressure on our feet.
The need to stretch your boots might end up being lesser with synthetics.
Get to stretching.
Now that you know the conditions under which you can stretch safety toe footwear, make a plan when you’re going to do it and learn about the methods you can use by clicking the link in the intro of this article.