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Old May 15th, 2019, 05:26 PM   #3
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How much stretch you can get on a boot, rather depends on how much you need to budge the area across the bunion. Stock boots are not always a Cinderella story, every mgfr uses a different last to build boots on.

If you have not done a basic oven heating, I'd suggest to try that first. Too many are concerned with damaging the boots, but they are designed to be molded for optimal fit. Prior to molding them, adhere a thick piece of mole skin to your bunion(maybe even double it up), and a strip along the outer 5th metatarsal, the fleshy area below the pinkie toe. This will feel horribly tight when molding, but will help push out the boots in the spots you need.

If that does not resolve the issue go after those spots with a heat gun and Hoke tool - and, with some patience you can work on those areas with the heat gun to create more space around the bunion area.

If you are really fighting the width, to the point the foot is painfully pressured across the ball of foot, be warned, that continued pressure could result in a neuroma. When I find skaters having wider feet, or just splayed toes, I will shift them to a Bont boot, as Bont is more square in the toe box, plus they are the only company to offer semi-custom widths based on the skaters foot profile (for a minimal upcharge fee).

Hope these tips help. If not, it might be worth exploring other boot options.
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