I love wearing boots in winter. Three winters ago I bought these stretch suede boots because they hugged my legs really well. Because I cycle and used to run, my calf muscles are still very developed. What this does is make it hard for me to find fashionable boots that fit my leg width.
Tonight I got the guts to unpick the top seam and resew them with swimwear elastic. It worked. I used a normal sewing needle on my janome, with a straight stitch.
When I undid the original stitching line, there were evidence of something sticky so maybe the elastic had perished over time. Now these boots can last a couple more winters.
27 May update: The elastic is still holding my boots up as I’ve been wearing them all day at work.