I have new La Mundial boots that I am in the process of breaking in. It’s a long saga, but these particular boots have had to be remade four times (big sigh) . This last attempt by La Mundial to get them right has everything okay except that the calf is a bit tight (not throbbing tight, just tight). I wore the boots a few times, then took them to my cobbler to have the calves stretched. This seemed to help but then, based on a recommendation from my trainer, I sprayed alcohol on the inside of the boots before wearing them for a lesson. All was good, but when I put them on next (at a show) they were back to being tight.
I decided to suck it up and just wear them as long as possible each day at the show and this seemed fine until the fourth day when I started to get a rub on my left achilles tendon. I put a bandaid on the rub as well as some padded tape and wore them the next (final) day and could barely walk because of the pain from the rubs. Riding was fine. When I was able to take the boots off and look at the damage, there’s a sizeable very raw area. Ouch!
I’m still trying to get the rubs to heal but I have another show next week and could use the COTH wisdom for what to do to fix this problem. Will getting them stretched again help? Do I attempt the bathtub method (I’ve never done this and it makes me really nervous)? I’m not sure I can fit gel bands around my ankles and still get the boots on, so I don’t think that’s a viable option.
The rubs are only on my left foot and I’ve noticed that the left boot is tighter than the right. My previous pair of show boots were La Mundials and I had zero problems with them – they’ve simply reached the end of their useful (and much-appreciated!) life.