Sunday, September 27, 2009

2 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Shoes

So you got a new pair of shoes and they're gorgeous, but they're a bit too tight. This happens to me a lot because I have really wide feet. Here are two tricks I use that are really easy ways to make them fit better.

1) Use rubbing alcohol
(This works with leather pumps, sandals, and boots.)

  • Rub the alcohol into the critical spots.
  • Then put on a pair of sweat socks and walk around your house with them on for an hour or so.
  • Alcohol usually dries faster than water, and won't damage your shoes-- contrary to water, alcohol doesn't dry out the leather.

2) Use some baggies & throw them in the freezer
(I know this sounds silly, but it works! I use this rather on rougher shoes; ie patent leather)

  • Take a plastic ziplock baggy and fill it with water.
  • Put the baggy in the shoe
  • Put the shoe in the freezer overnight- believe it or not as the water solidifies the shoe will be stretched.
  • If it doesn't work for the first, repeat it several times until you'll stretch them more.

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