I've had a search for this topic, but can't find it on here so I'll start a new thread (first time, please be gentle). I just ebay-ed myself a second hand pair of issue French combat boots, "rangers". They are in a pretty bad state, all scuffed and knackered (I paid Â£11) and, oddly, they seem too small for me. Obviously I bought them in the correct size (FR 47 = uk 12, right?), so I assume they must have shrunk due to the ill treatment they have received. My guess is that the previous owner never bothered to polish them or do any kind of maintainance, and when they stopped being remotely waterproof he chucked them into some store where they lay gathering dust for months (they were covered with dust too) until they went to the guy who sold them to me (who was honest about their condition and sent me photos). My question, finally, is do you think that I can return them to their original size? They are too short, and while I can get them on, my toes push against the end. I have liberally smeared them with 'lederbalsam' leather treatment wax stuff and slapped a pair of wooden shoe-stretching things into them (like spring-loaded wooden feet). I was told I should try wearing them in the bath. Any ideas? PS I bought them because I like them, I won't be wearing them with my uniform because the big buckles on the side are just crying for unwelcome RSM attention.