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Here they are in their virgin condition, which will soon change.
I like to give my pumps special preparation for their future life of hard abuse. This makes them more soft and flexible.
First I soak them well in hot water to soften them up:
Next I pry the cardboard insoles out of the long pointy toes. Pliers help.
Here's a picture with the cardboard insole pulled out of the long pointy toe ready to be cut off:
Here are both pumps with the cardboard insoles removed:
Now it gets tricky. I pry the rubber protective strips out of the leather soles and
carefully shave the soles down to a fraction of their original thickness with a sharp utility knife:
Here they are ready for action:
After much soaking, squeezing and lubricating, I have been able to force fit my left foot (my smallest foot) into the left pump.
It wasn't exactly a comfy fit, but it went in!!
Take a look at the poor little sucker struggling under my 220 lb weight
I must admit that these poor little pumps do look quite stressed when they are carrying me around. They haven't ripped a bit,
but stretched a lot. One of the backs is getting quite downtrodden.
These have got to be the toughest little pumps I have ever had.
Imagine squeezing the size 41 feet of a 220 lb man into poor little size 35.5 pumps, and then kicking the sh*t out of them!
They actually look quite normal after the abuse is over.