Aren’t you annoyed when you buy your perfect shoes, only to realize that they’re not comfortable for your feet? Sure, they appeared to be comfortable when they tried on in the store, but after you’ve worn them for a couple of hours, you discover that they’re actually uncomfortable. This happens. If you aren’t able to return the shoes – or you don’t wish to do so, you have options to extend them to make them more comfortable.
Here are some easy ways to stretch shoes:
Put on your shoes and walk home.
If you want to be able to wear these shoes for extended periods, like during the day at work or even all night at a gathering with friends, it is necessary to modify them to be more comfortable. The shoes you are wearing at home for a short time can allow the material to relax and help stretch the shoes.
To make the process easier, make sure you wear a sturdy pair of socks, or several pairs before you place the shoes onto your feet. If your shoes cause discomfort to your feet, simply remove them.
Freeze your shoes
The water expands when it freezes. Freezing your shoes can also cause them to expand.
All you need to do is make sure you fill a sandwich bag each foot, approximately 1/4 of the way full. Place the bags in your shoes, put to the freezing, and put them in there until the water is frozen. After that, allow the bags to defrost, then remove the bags and put them on your shoes. If one freeze isn’t enough, then try it again. This procedure isn’t easy because you’ll need to ensure that the water does not leak once it is placed in the shoe.
In the case of shoes (such as canvas) which are susceptible to becoming wet, freezing the entire shoe could be a good idea. The entire shoe should be soaked and put the water inside, and then freeze the entire thing. After it thaws, you should have a shoe that will fit.
This is a funny video that demonstrates what could happen if you aren’t careful:
Heat your shoes
In addition to freezing shoes, heating shoes that aren’t fitting is another possibility.
For this make sure you put on some heavy socks, then put on your shoes. Take out your hairdryer, turn it on high heat and then warm the shoe on the areas that it’s tight. When you’re doing this, move your feet, twisting your toes forward and back to move the shoe’s material as far as you can. This technique doesn’t sound particularly at all, but it’s effective.
Take a look at this short video for a thorough step-by-step instructions for how to accomplish it:
Both the heating and freezing methods are used to increase the size of shoes from half-size to entire size. Leather is the most effective since when it’s stretched, it’s less likely to shrink back to the size it was originally.
Use simple shoe stretching tools.
A different way to stretch the shoes using your feet is to add additional items inside the shoes. Try putting socks overstuffed into your shoes or tearing up newspaper.
There are a variety of tools for stretching shoes that are available for stretching out shoes. The stretchers of shoes can alter the length and the width of a pair of shoes. Knobs are able to be rotated in order to make the stretcher adjustable. Be careful not to let the shoe get too loose. Stretchers for shoes can be useful. However, they will cost you perhaps 20 or so dollars.
With your newfound knowledge of a variety of methods to stretch your shoes, look through the closets and remove all of the shoes that need to be stretched. There will never be a problem with shoes that aren’t comfortable enough.