Large selection of products and fast shipping!

Shopping cart

Your cart is currently empty

My Boots Rub My Ankles, What Can I Do?

  • Posted on
  • By The Boot Guy
  • Posted in All
  • 4
My Boots Rub My Ankles, What Can I Do?

Is there anything you can do if your boots are rubbing your ankles raw? Here are a few professional tips and DIY solutions

How Can I Soften The Ankles Of My Boots?

Question for The Boot Guy: I bought my wife some boots last year while I was in Texas. She absolutely loves the boots, but cannot wear them because the sides of the boots near the ankles collapse in on her legs causing great pain. Is there a way to reinforce the ankle area? I have tried moleskin as an experiment but it did not work. Any suggestions?


Good question and I have some answers.


-Question. First, are the boots tight on her calves? I ask because if the top of the boot is too tight it can force the boot to buckle in at the ankle. The solution in that case is to stretch the tops of the boots. This will make the boots not rub any more. Since you tried using a moleskin padding and that did not help any, it gave me the idea that the tops may be too tight.
If that is not the case then here is another idea to try.


-Flex the Seams. We have a special machine that is made to roll down the side seams. It helps “break in” the boot by rolling and working the leather to soften it.



DIY - What you can do yourself


-You can do something similar by hand. First, dampen the inside boot seams with water. Next work the tops of the boots back and forth, and work the heel counter. Here is what I mean by work the heel counter. Take your thumb and press on the back of the boot at the point where the top meets the back counter. When you do this the side seams will pop away from the ankle area. Continue working both areas back and forth until the ankles are soft enough to wear. If you do this properly the side seams should end up not indenting into the ankle, but instead will either lay flat or even curl outward away from the ankles. 


-Using a leather conditioner on the area will also soften the leather and break the boot in faster too.


-Wearing heavier boot socks can also help protect your ankles. Boot socks are thicker and can cushion the area better.




Need to fix another problem area? Check out more info about breaking in your boots >>here<< 

or ask your question below!


Slim, The Boot Guy Slim, The Boot Guy 


  1. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Darlin,
    I would try softening the boots, especially the seams by working them with a leather conditioner. Check out our youtube video for some tips on boot break in

  2. Darlin Darlin

    I work in construction, which causes me to wear steel toe boots that ties around my ankle. My boots are starting to leave dark rings around the ankle. What can I do? Thanks

  3. Poppy Poppy Poppy Poppy

    All hiking boots on sale now have synthetic fabric as lining and leather or simulate on the outside. Between these two layers is a layer of hard plastic to give the boots their hard, car-body like shape. This will never wear in as so many glibly claim. You have to unstitch the lining, cut it out and sew the lining back.

  4. The Boot Guy The Boot Guy

    Hello Darleen,
    We usually apply to the outside but if the inside of the boot is leather and not lined with fabric it wouldn't hurt to condition both the inside and outside. You might also check out our video to see further ideas to soften the ankle seams. If the large boot tops bother you too much you can always send them to us to get them taken in Thank you, hope this helps.

  5. Darleen Darleen

    When using the leather conditioner on the side seams, is it applied inside, outside, or both places? I have an extremely narrow feet/heels, (AAA/AAAA), so I have a ½ orthotic for arch and heel support. My heels still slide around, but a tight arch keeps them on. (I bought the boots online after reading they were too tight in the vamp for customers that reviewed them. 5hat part is PERFECT for me. The ankle seam is pretty thick and lumpy on the inside of the boot, and rubs my exterior bony ankles. The boot shaft is wide enough on my calves, and is almost too wide, but everything else is so close to actually fitting, I want to keep the boots. They are Ariaya that were on clearance and affordable for me. (I am retired, over 70, and the boots will be good for me for the next 20 years! I’ve been looking for new boots for several years, and finally found something I could wear and afford.) I just need some help breaking them in. Thank you.

Leave a comment
* Your email address will not be published
← Return to the back office    Free Shipping on any $ 199+ Order . Hide