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My Boot Tops Are Too Big For My Slim Legs

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My Boot Tops Are Too Big For My Slim Legs

Have a pair of boots that flop around on your leg too much and drive you crazy? Here we explain how we can fix that.

Question: My boot tops are too big for my slim legs. Can you alter the boot shafts?


Hello! Thanks for the question to The Boot Guy. It is definitely possible for us to alter the boot shafts to make the tops more narrow on your calves. This is one of the more in depth repairs we do so its best to let a professional alter your boots. I will explain how we do this.

  • Step 1: First the Pull Tabs are removed from the boot 

Boot Pull

  • Step 2: We cut a V of leather out of both sides of the shaft *Note how much is cut out depends on how much tighter you want the shafts to be*
  • Step 3: The side seams are then stitched back together with a zig-zag stitch pattern


  • Step 4: The stitching is covered by a strip of leather matching the color of the boot
  • Step 5: The boot pulls are reattached in their rightful places

When we are all done it looks good as new, you'll hardly notice the small strip of matching leather we added down the sides of both boots to cover the zig zag stitching. We've had a lot of people give us positive feedback and tell us how happy they are to have boot tops that finally fit.

To send your boots to us to have your boot tops made narrower, just click the button below:

>>Start a Boot or Shoe Repair<<


In this case, its best to write down the circumference of your leg at the widest part of your calf and tell how much you’d like taken out of each side of the boot. Most often we remove one inch out of each side. But everyone is different and every boot is different.

For information on other repairs we can do click >> HERE <<  ; send me, Slim The Boot Guy a question or comment below. 



How long does this repair take?

A: Once they arrive to us, around 7-10 business days (roughly) 

How much does this repair cost?

A: In our shop as of 2022, this alteration costs about $95 per pair of boots 

How do I pay?

A: Once we finish the repair we call for payment of the repair+ shipping over the phone 

What do I need to ship you a pair of boots to be taken in?

A: You can find the printable repair form HERE.  Place this sheet in the box with your boots with the information filled in (the circumference we mentioned up above) and what you want done. 

What carrier do you use for shipping?

A: They will be shipped back to you via USPS



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  1. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Yes this is possible. I think slimming them down would help a significant amount, especially if the boot tops are just catching on your pants. If your boot tops are actually coming out of the pants legs then adding 3" might help as well. This is possible, by sewing a piece of leather at the top and moving the boot pulls up.

    If you would like the boots much narrower a zipper could even be added.

  2. Robbie Hale Robbie Hale

    I wear boots to work almost every day of my life. I have slim legs and also my pants legs stay caught up in the tops of them when I get out of my patrol car. Is it possible, and feasible, to slim and lengthen the boot shaft? I normally get 10 inches anyway. Maybe lengthened to a 13 inch shaft?

  3. bernadette bernadette

    I have a pair of double he women's buckaroo boots with pull holes that are too wide in the shaft. I need to find alteration help. After surveying them, I found that if you take it in by cutting out a v strip on the sides under the pull tabs, then they would look weird, b/c the pull holes would be spaced too close together.
    They are quite baggy in shafts with way too much space right now. Can you do an alteration by taking these in, in the back, instead? that way the pull holes are not too close together. (see Double H Women's Daniella round toe buckaroo boots images online). they have a very low deep v cut and pull holes so doing this type alteration might not work, but perhaps taking them in in the back of the boot might work? thanks.

  4. Phil Goldstein Phil Goldstein

    Hello. I have a pair of boots with a 13” shaft that I like to reduce by 4”. I need the shaft diameter also reduced by 1”each side. Wondering if you can add zippers?

  5. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Caden,
    Space around your calf in a cowboy boot depends entirely on your comfort. They shouldn't be tight. I'd say its normal to have about a half inch of space around your leg all the way around. And to be able to fit your hand down the shaft but perhaps not your fist.
    As of Aug. 2020 the price for us to narrow boot tops is $75 per pair.

  6. Caden Mcwilliams Caden Mcwilliams

    Hello, I just ordered a pair of boots but the top of the boot shaft is to big for my calf so much so that i can fit my hand in the gap when i wear them . what do you suggest is a good gap to have on a pair of cowboy boots and can i please have a general estimate on how much an alteration would be to decrease the calf of my boot

  7. Haley Haley

    I just bought a new pair of boots I absolutely love them they look good from the front but not from the side they look very large.

  8. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Thanks for the question Yadriana, it depends on the job but turnaround time once we get them is roughly a week.

  9. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    You're more than welcome to send them to us. You can fill out a repair sheet here: write down the circumference of your leg at the widest part of your calf and tell how much you’d like taken out of each side of the boot. Put the paper in a box with the boots you'd like altered when you ship them to us. Once we finish we call you for payment and ship them back to you.

  10. Karley Karley

    My boot is way to big around my calf, for you to fix that and make it smaller how much would that cost?

  11. Steph Hilgenbrinck Steph Hilgenbrinck

    Hello Sally,

    The estimated cost for that will be $75.00.
    If you have anymore questions please feel free to ask!


  12. Steph Hilgenbrinck Steph Hilgenbrinck

    Hello Gregory,

    We would be happy to do that for you and the price to do that job will be $75.00
    If you have any other questions please feel free to ask!


  13. Gregory M. Castelo Gregory M. Castelo

    I would like to send you a pair of boots to alter the boot shaft. How much will it be (ball park)

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