(Closed) How do I stretch them??

posted 8 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hey date twin! Are they leather or fabric? You could likely take them to a shoe repair place and they could stretch them. OR you could go try on the half size bigger but put a pair of insoles inside to take up some room. I would likely go for the bigger ones personally, I get blisters really easily. There’s also that Dr Scholls blister block stuff that you rub onto your feet, it works really well but I wouldn’t depend on it for shoes that are too small.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Depending on the material and how contained the shoes are you can make large newspaper balls and stuff the shoes. But I would recommend a cobbler first before trying that as it doesn’t work for all shoes

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

You can buy some of thoes shoe stretcher things I think they are like $10 at DSW or wear them with socks around the house for a few days

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@bee-gotten: I love Le Chateau shoes! I had a pair of white ones that were SOOOOO comfy, I was so upset when I had to get rid of them. Definitely see what a shoe guy can do with them, otherwise I agree, wear them around the house with a pair of thick socks for as long as you can deal with it. Thankfully you still have a couple months to go!

Don’t remind me how soon it is!!! I’m trying to stay calm!!! I’m going shopping with my mom today for her dress. Meeting the jeweler about my band Wednesday evening. Working on programs, etc this week. I have to schedule the tasting ASAP so I can print my menus and get that over with. How are you doing? Freaking out yet?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mishelleez:

Thanks so much for the tip!  I was having the same problem with my left shoe since my left foot is bigger than my right.  I didn’t want to over stretch, so I wore thin socks for a few hours.  It worked perfectly!  I never thought of doing that!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

All the previously mentioned thoughts are great ideas!  Another one that works if you have a great friend – get someone with larger feet to wear your shoes for a bit.  My sister is a size 6-6.5 (!!!) and I am an 8-8.5…she used to get me to cram my feet into her shoes and wear them for a few minutes (like 5-10 min) before she had to wear them and she always said they felt much better haha!  So I had a few moments of uncomfortable, cramped feet so they would feel better for her.  (Am I a great sister or what?! Haha!) 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have this problem with peep toes, they’re always too tight!

I take a little ziploc bag, fill it with water, and put it in the shoe (if you need to stretch out the peep toe, pull the corner of the plastic bag through the toe opening, making sure it’s pretty full of water).  Then I place them in the freezer for 24-48 hours.  Since water expands when it freezes, it’ll stretch out your shoes. 

Leave them out for a bit to thaw, then pull the bags out.  I did this with leather pumps and was a little afraid the water spots would stain (they do get a bit damp) but they were fine.  You might have to repeat this if they don’t stretch out enough the first time. 

Hope this works for you!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

aww a canadian bride’s reunion lol

anyways for stretching, I have been going through this for years… I wear a size 11 which is impossible to find, and could probably actually use 11.5 (I’m 6ft tall hahah something has to hold up my body!!) but I find there are two really good tricks that dont cost anything.  The first, if they are leather, you can put ziploc bags into them, and fill it with water, so the shoe is ultimately full of water in a bag, then stick the shoe in a freezer for a day or two.  The freezing water expands and stretches the shoes slowly and safely πŸ™‚ If they are not leather, you can rub the inside with rubbing alcohol and then wear them, the alcohol loosens the fibers and allows them to stretch better πŸ™‚ good luck!!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

rubbing alcohol will definitely work if they are non leather… and at that price and Le Chateau haha probably not leather!!  The alcohol works wonders, just literally wipe the whole inside and then wear thick socks in them for 10 minutes and you will feel a world of difference πŸ™‚

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