How to Stretch Shoes
Why Use Shoe Stretchers:
Despite our best efforts to insure comfortable shoes and a good fit, we still sometimes find that our shoes are too tight. You know your shoe size and width; you try on shoes late in the day when your feet are their largest; and you buy styles that don’t have a tendency to pinch your toes – like extremely pointy shoes can. There are several reasons one might find a need for shoe stretchers – shoes can shrink; feet can swell; we can land between two sizes; and bunions, corns or other foot imperfections can make our shoes hurt. And when our shoes hurt, life can be pretty miserable. No need to suffer any longer!! The answer to your problem can be as simple as a shoe stretcher.
Luckily, there are shoe stretchers, and they can help alleviate several of these problems and deliver a more comfortable shoe.
Shoe stretchers can expand the width and the length of shoes. For both benefits, in one device, you’ll want to be sure to purchase a “Two-Way” shoe stretcher. For the other stretching needs like Vamp or Toe stretcher also available. For your high heel shoes choose high heel stretcher. One stretcher works for right and left shoes. Several shoe stretchers also come with little holes built into them. By inserting the bunion attachment into the corresponding hole in the stretcher will stretch problem areas.
Shoe Stretchers Are Best For …
Shoe stretchers will work best for suede, leather, and other natural materials. The degree of stretching depends on the material are made of. Some material does not have as much give. Synthetics and textiles can be stretched but some materials have a memory and may return to the original size. Just if that happens repeat the process.
Shoe stretchers are also best suited to breaking in shoes that are barely too tight, or expanding shoes that are close to the right size. If you’re looking to stretch a size 8 to a size 10, you want to buy new shoes, not a shoe stretcher.
Different Types of Shoe Stretchers
Shoe stretchers are usually bought as singles, and will stretch both the left and right shoe, although not at the same time. There are different shoe stretchers are made for flats, high heels, boots, and other specific types of footwear. You’ll need to be certain that you are buying the right shoe stretchers for the job. If you do not know what type stretcher you need call us for advice.
Typically sold in men’s or women’s size ranges – for example, men’s size 6-8, there are also shoe stretchers that will stretch different areas of the shoe.
A Two-Way shoe stretcher will stretch length and width; a vamp or instep stretcher will lift the part of the shoe that sits on the top of your foot; and Toe stretchers will help to lift the toe box of the shoe, providing more height for your toes. There are also boot stretchers that will help stretch the shaft of a boot, making more room for your legs.
How to Use Shoe Stretchers
When you buy shoe stretchers, you’ll want to ask how the particular stretchers should be used, but normally, you’ll need to use a shoe stretching liquid or spray. This will help to saturate the material, and allow the shoe stretcher to work better – follow the instructions for the product you purchase, as each one is a little different.
Determine the specific area in the shoe that needs stretching. Apply the liquid shoe stretcher fluid to relax the leather fibers and allow stretching, without tearing of the shoe leather. (Test a small area of the shoe to be stretched, can cause bleeding of dye in some shoes).
- Insert the bunion attachment the ones are provided into the corresponding hole in the stretcher for bunion or corns pain relief. If the entire shoe needs more width, use the stretcher without the bunion attachment.
- Insert the shoe stretchers into the shoes, turn the handle clockwise until pressure begins to show on the surface of the shoe.
- Spray tight spot and surrounding area from a distance of 12″ and spread evenly and allow to absorb.
- Turn the knob to begin stretching the shoe. Turn the handle clockwise but not more than 3-4 turns.
- It is best to leave the stretcher in the shoes for at least overnight.
- Remove the stretcher by turning the handles counter-clockwise.
- Try the shoe, and if more relief is needed, repeat the process. DO NOT OVERSTRETCH as shoes that are too loose don’t feel good either.