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Gentlemen: In cleaning out the shed, I have come across an old pair of LL Bean Maine Hunting Boots (circa 1988) which are still in good condition. They are the 10" variety and I would like to have the leather uppers altered/converted to 6". Bean says that can't do it. Can it be done? If so, any suggestions on who could do it? B&C
 

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Tin Snips

You can use tin snips to cut leather. The big, honkin', iron variety to get started, especially where the leather is in double layers; then I bet you can switch to the finer aviation snips. (See, I was paying attention in shop class 35 years ago!)

It won't be pretty, but they should work just fine. Of course, you could take them to a cobbler. Though it might cost as much as a new pair?
 

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If they're size 10 as well as being 10" tall it's impossible to get done, and you should list them on the Thrift Exchange--cheaply, as, really, noone likes those taller Bean Boots.... no-one at all! :icon_smile_wink:

Other sizes, however, should be easy to convert; I'd advise trying a cobbler first and seeing how much it would cost, then deciding how much you want to pay to have them to look nice (i.e., done by a cobbler) when you could cut them down and resew the edges yourself.
 
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