How to Stretch Shoes so They Fit Better Than Ever

1. Apply a little heat

To stretch leather shoes, a blow dryer and thick socks are all you need to address too-tight shoes.

1. Apply a little heat

Put on a thick pair of socks with the shoes, then aim your blow dryer at the tight spots, using medium heat to soften the shoe until it fits comfortably.

1. Apply a little heat

It usually takes a couple of minutes to stretch the shoe a little more (just keep the hair dryer's nozzle moving to avoid damaging the leather).

2. Use ice to stretch your shoes

Ice can be just as effective as heat for fixing a tight pair of shoes. Partially fill a sandwich bag with water and place it in the area where the shoe is snug.

2. Use ice to stretch your shoes

Put the shoe in the freezer. As the water freezes into ice, it'll expand and help stretch the shoe out.

3. Invest in a shoe stretcher

If you regularly have problems with pinching in your shoes, a shoe stretcher may be a wise investment.

3. Invest in a shoe stretcher

Shoe stretchers can be used to stretch the length of your shoes or widen them, and you'll even find specialized stretchers that can stretch out the calf in a boot or that work specifically with heels.

3. Invest in a shoe stretcher

To use a shoe stretcher, start by spraying the parts of the shoe you want to stretch with a shoe stretching solution, which can help relax the fibers of the leather or canvas so they can expand.

3. Invest in a shoe stretcher

Put the stretcher into the shoe so that it's tight against the toe box. Turn the handle until you see the shoe expand and leave it for six to eight hours.

3. Invest in a shoe stretcher

Try it on to see if it fits—if it doesn't, turn the handle a few more times and repeat the process until it does. It may take a few days to get you to the size you need.

4. Take it to the pros

If it's a particularly expensive or special pair of shoes and you don't quite trust your shoe stretching skills,

4. Take it to the pros

a professional shoe repair shop can do the adjustments for you.  They know exactly how to stretch your shoes so you get the perfect fit.

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