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Date: 10/11/12 7:01 PM

I'm talking boots with no zipper. I get my foot halfway into the foot part of the boot, and my heel gets stuck just above the heel part of the boot. My feet aren't wide, size 7, no abnormalities I am aware of. This happens on EVERY ONE. Is there a secret way to flex/move your foot? Rotate the boot? Hold an onion while chanting? PLEASE HELP!

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Date: 10/11/12 7:19 PM

Lie on your back, put your foot in the air, and pull as hard as you can.

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Date: 10/11/12 7:45 PM

I have a shoe-shopping friend with slender size 6.5 feet and the same issue! She's just given up on any boot with no other opening. It's something anatomical with the shape of your foot/ankle--or perhaps the flexibility thereof?

Happily, I can assure you my friend has SEVERAL pairs of boots--short, tall, and otherwise, so you don't have to forsake the trend altogether. :)

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Date: 10/11/12 10:06 PM

I have a high instep and I cannot get into any boot without a zipper except for a pair of soft black suede pair with stretch leather in the top of the boot that I have. Anything like a motorcycle or a cowboy boot, forget it.

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Date: 10/11/12 10:40 PM

I point my toes downward and slide my foot in as far as it will go then stand up and put my weight on the heel. That uaually gets me past that last little bit. Socks, tights some sort of foot covering makes it get past the heel much easier.

If the boots are new once you've worn them they should give just a bit and it'll get easier!

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Date: 10/12/12 1:26 AM

I live in cowboy or motorcycle boots in the fall and winter but even I have a lot of trouble sometimes when my feet are swollen at the end of a long day. I have had the panicky experience of almost not getting my foot in a boot that I put on daily with ease when I'm getting ready to leave someone's house after a visit. If you can get your foot into the vamp of the boot, the stepping down heel first is sometimes the only way. If you still can't do it, I'd say try a bigger size. Pull on boots are often meant to be a bit looser in the heel than in the toe.
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Date: 10/12/12 1:27 AM

Try a bigger size or use. Really long shoe horn. My father-in-law got his long shoe horn from ikea

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Date: 10/12/12 3:10 AM

That's why I don't buy those styles. They are cute though! I would also suggest the long shoe-horn idea. That's what they give you in the stores here to try them on.

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Date: 10/12/12 3:31 AM

I can't put any boot on without a zip. I think it is because I have high foot arches

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Date: 10/12/12 3:54 AM

Well to get them off easy , maybe google Boot Puller or Boot Jack. And see what one of those looks like. Most of my more narrow legged pull on only boots, actually do have pull tabs inside the top portion of them to hold onto, at least while you push your foot down into them. So maybe look for those in boots before buying them, if that is an issue. Some of my very narrow boots actually have a partial zipper (closed on top and bottom of the zipper) that just opens over only the ankle part too. And I have seen some narrow ones, that even had a full side zipper on one side and the the partial over only the ankle part of them on the other side. Nylon stockings or slippery nylon socks/tights/stockings slide into boots better than thick wool knee socks, but when it's cold, I actually much prefer thick wool knee socks.

Smooth nice real leather linings not plastic or woven cloth (and sometimes nylon tricot bonded to a foam backing in more dressy boots) are a just a lot more slippery than just the rough side of some unlined leather or lined with something else sometimes, leather boots too.

It is sometimes the cut of the boot too, and probably just shape of ankles and flexibility of foot. I do for sure make being able to get them on and off a condition before buying them though! As if you can't, you can't wear them. I did pick up one pair of really nice, looking like they were horribly expensive Italian leather boots at the thrift store, and from the soles of them, I could tell they had never been worn at all, or maybe just once on carpet or such when they were first purchased by someone. I only got them on and off there to try on, with extreme difficulty as no zippers, no gussets, and once I had them home, really have never been able to get them on since : Just not enough wiggle room at the ankle and I think actually bad design on those and probably also why the last person ended up giving them away and never wearing them too! I am going to have to have at least a partial ankle zipper put into those 1 pair, if I am ever going to be wearing them again probably.

Possibly you could even try some saran wrap around your socked foot before pulling them on if that might make it a bit more slippery there, and then just pull it out, after the boot was on, have not tried that, but it might work?

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