fisheater wrote:Canna, if a pinch point is from too much volume, would a footfitter push out the leather creating a bellow? Similar to a plastic boot bellow. Or, are you recommending ordering boots a bit small and punching them out so you don't deal with pinch points?
this is a problem I don't have, as I'm trying to fit my orthodics and extra-wide feet in there, but it'd be worth a try, you can always try re-shaping the leather & see if it helps.
The creasing of leather boots can be difficult - I started with a pair of size 14 Merrill Ultras from ebay, one size larger to get extra width - big mistake. they were about 1 inch too long, my foot didn't bend them in the right place, and the toe crease formed right over the front of my foot & crushed it, I could never fix them. When you're stretching it's good to stretch them a bit, then wear them a bit, then stretch again, etc. a few more rounds, that way they will break in right.
Also - another tip I got from Limmer is to heat the boots before/while stretching. We all know that you can't expose leather to too much heat like drying gloves on a radiator, it ruins the leather. But I've had good luck putting an oil space heater into a closet set on low and raising the temp. to around 110 degrees. I apply boot grease to the leather and let it sit in there hot for a few hours. Then put the stretchers in & leave them in the closet at 110 for a few hours if not all night. This helps aggressive stretching go faster.