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Good shoe-stretching techniques


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hi all.  I am curious if anyone out there has a good shoe-stretching technique that they wanna suggest.  I can wear a size 8(US), and most of the time when buying a used pair of size 8(US) pumps online, or at a thrift store, i can fit into them, with no struggles.  Sometimes, if they are new, it takes a shoe horn to get them on my feet.  I wanna find a shoe-stretching technique that will allow me to put a great pair of new size 8(US)pumps on, so my feet don't feel a lot of pain.  Any suggestions?  Lemme have 'em!  👍

 

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Get a good pair of wooden high heel stretchers.  Many on the internet for $40 range. There's thread on that here.

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Our former cobbler (sadly he doesn´t exist any more) gave us a liquid to soften the leather. It is sprayed inside and then the shoe must be worn for a few hours. Doing that 2 or 3 times will give an increase of up to 1 size. It does not work with shoestretchers because it needs some temperature, but maybe there are heated stretchers which should work. It works with all kinds of leather except patent leather, which will crack when stretched.

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One technique for leather (not synthetic) shoes or boots is to use a shoe-stretching liquid (brushed or rubbed into the leather to soften it) in conjunction with a proprietary screw-operated shoe stretcher or equivalent.   The liquid can be bought quite easily but a cheaper alternative is to use iso-propyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), sometimes sold for cleaning electrical contacts etc.   This can be diluted with a similar volume of water and a few drops of washing-up liquid added.   Leave the leather under tension overnight and repeat if necessary.   Width is usually easier to stretch than length.

Another simple idea which can work is to fill a polythene bag or balloon with water, tie/seal it and push it into the toebox.   Put the shoe into the freezer overnight and the expanding water will stretch the leather.

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