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Dress boots- input needed!

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  • Dress boots- input needed!

    I have been on the hunt for a new pair of dress boots- the $40 ones I got on craigslist are not doing so well (what a surprise!). I found a pair of used Konigs online and they got delivered to me. The foot seems to fit well, and I can get them zippered- mostly. My right leg seems to be a lot bigger than my left. The left is snug, but I got it zippered up bit-by-bit over the course of an hour or so. The right- I got it zipped pretty much all the way after 2 hours! I believe they are tall enough, and I plan to wear them around the house tonight over tights or something before I make a final decision.

    So, the questions:

    1. What is the "ideal fit" for dress boots, especially stiffer ones like Konigs?
    2. Let's say I lose the last 10-12 lbs I want to lose and the boots end up being a bit too loose- are they "alterable?"
    3. Is it better to spend $250 on used higher-end boots like Konigs or new, lesser quality boots?

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Boots can always be cut down, but they can never be let out! (Well, you can use an elastic gusset, but that really doesn't gain you very much in the scheme of things.

    I'd rather have too loose than too tight. I've helped people remove boots that were too tight--with a knife on the stitching up the back. All because someone's leg swelled and the boot wouldn't come off, and it was cutting off circulation. (Of course these were not boots with zippers, but the case holds true. You don't want the boot to put a throttle hold on your leg/calf. )
    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


    • #3
      You can have the "industrial" zippers put in which have more room because they are a wide tooth zipper. Find the place that handles the State Police boots, they will know what zipper is the wideer one.
      I always replace the zippers in my boots within 6 months with a better zipper because the ones the boot makers put in do not last long at all.
      Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger


      • #4
        I can tell you also that 10-15# will not make boots that you struggle to zip now "too loose". I have gone up-down that much in the course of the season with only a little noticeable difference in the calf of my (non-zip) boots.
        From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.


        • #5
          Originally posted by Pony Fixer View Post
          I can tell you also that 10-15# will not make boots that you struggle to zip now "too loose". I have gone up-down that much in the course of the season with only a little noticeable difference in the calf of my (non-zip) boots.
          I think it depends on your build... for some it's nothing, for some it means something.

          I would say the ideal fit is 'snug' but not tight like yours sound to be... but any leather boot with stetch a hair. You could also have a shoemaker/repair guy stretch them for you if you need to.
          A good leather guy can take them in without anyone even noticing.

          I also second the heavy duty zippers.

          And thirdly- I would always go for used high quality than cheap new- whether you're talking boots, saddles, or otherwise- just be sure you can try them on and make sure they are comfy!


          • #6
            I just got my konig's in the mail today I slipped my foot in (had to push on the ground a little) and zipped them up. They are snug but not tight. The zipper did hurt my finger (that's how stiff the zipper is/was) The foot feels fine as does the ankle. The only thing that hurts is the back of the knee. Hope that helps. : )
            Cowgirl Up!


            • Original Poster

              Hi all, and thank you for the replies and input! I tried them on last night with tights and zipped them all the way up in less than 5 min! I wore them for 10 minutes or so- lefty was totally fine and righty was tolerable- I wasn't about to go out dancing, but I think with a touch of boot stretch they will be great. I have about 6 months for them to mold to me, so I think I am going to buy them.

              As for the zippers, the ones they came with are the heaviest I have ever seen on a boot- even when I am zipping the boot trees in I can't just whip the sipper up and down- that thing is serious! But I will keep it in mind if I have to replace it for any reason- thank for the tip on the state trooper boots!

              DD- glad to hear you got yours and they fit! Prepare to be jealous- as mine are lightly used, there is already that coveted ankle crease so they sit in just the right spot! Good luck with yours!


              • #8
                So glad their going to work out for you. From the sound of your post I wasn't sure. I wish I could have found a used pair. I would feel much better about the fit. I'm still a little nervous about the whole thing. Today I put the;m on again and stood on the stairs with them. I could feel the sore spots from yesterday that I didn't feel yesterday. Now I'm freaking out. lol Oh well they are what they are and they will be what they will be. I think if I have to do any thing to them I will do the Jane Savoie method with the alcohol. I send an email to her for more details. Hope she replies.
                Cowgirl Up!