So you’re almost ready to head out and about to put on those gorgeous heels only to find them not fitting! We’ve all experienced this near-disaster at least once in our lives. You don’t necessarily need to toss your shoes out or give them away at this point. All they need is a little bit of a stretch, and they’ll be good to go!
Learning how to stretch shoes isn’t rocket science. But it’s also not always the easiest thing to do since the shoe’s stretchiness varies from material to material. Try these simple hacks next time you’re struggling to fit into your shoe!
See if The Cobbler Can Help
While it’s best to buy shoes that fit perfectly, sometimes they don’t. In this case, a cobbler may be able to help you by adjusting the width or length. They may also offer you guidance on how best to work with specific materials to stretch them properly.
Break ‘Em In!
While it’s true that with a couple of uses, the material will stretch out on its own, you probably don’t want to take the risk. Wear them around the house instead of wearing them outside. This way, if the shoe is absolutely unbearable, you can return it the next day!
Wear Them With Socks
More often than not, your shoes will need to loosen up by a quarter of an inch. This is pretty easy to achieve by donning thick wool, winter socks, then wearing the shoe. Not only does wearing the socks loosen up the shoe, but it also prevents you from getting blisters or shoe-sores from your snug-fitting shoes!
Use a Hairdryer
No, it’s not crazy. Yes, it works. While you’re wearing the shoes around your house with thick, woolen socks, try loosening up the snug fit using a hairdryer.
Aim the hairdryer at the snug spots. Switch the appliance to high heat. Wiggle your foot as you go along so the material can stretch out easily for a more comfortable fit.
Use Leather-Relaxing Spray
This is by far one of the easiest ways to get the job done. Thanks to the wonders of modern science, there are now leather-relaxing sprays available to help the shoe fit you better. Spray the leather-relaxant on your shoe and hold it in place using a shoe stretcher. You’ll have to twist and adjust the mechanical chord to manipulate the shoe’s length and width.
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