Post # 1
I recived my shoes for a wedding I’m in in August on Monday, after having to send them back as the size 10 was too small.. I was blessed with rather large feet but usually between a 10 and 11 fits me, the shoes are a peep toe from payless, faux leather and I’m looking for ways to break them/ stretch them out.. the shoe itself is fine, it’s the toe. I’ve tried getting my husband to wear them (I have such a wonderful man, he’s broken in all my heels.. including the ones I wore for our wedding), I’ve tried wearing them around, with and without thick socks (could have sworn I broke a toe wearing them with socks it hurt so bad) and I’ve also tried the whole putting them in the freezer with baggies of water stuffed in the toe and nothing has worked. Anyone out there have any other ideas?
And before someone suggests;
-exchanging them for a bigger size, 11 is the largest they come in, and it’s just the toe and easier said that done even if they did come in a larger size
-taking them to a professional to have them stretched is not an option. I had to get my sister to send them to me from out of province because we have no shoe stores anywhere close by (closest is 8+ hours away)
Post # 2
You have given me ideas that I never heard of! I would just say keep trying a little at a time. Hopefully they will start to give soon.
Post # 3
If they are inexpensive, faux leather Payless shoes (read plastic) they are almost impossible to stretch.
If you have no shoemakers where you live, can you mail them back to your sister and get a shoemaker to enlarge the peep toe opening?
Post # 4
I know you said you wore thick socks, but did you try using a blow dryer while wearing the socks? I know it was painful, but if you can stand a few more minutes put on the socks and blow dry the toe- wiggle your feet around as you’re blow drying and then leave them on until the shoes cool down.
Post # 5
Some dry soap works to loosen up real leather – it make work on fake, could be worth a try on the inside of the toe that is too tight.
Put them on with your thickest socks (provided you don’t break a toe) then blast your feet with your hair dryer (on warm – not too hot) for 5 mins or so. Again, this works for leather so hopefully for faux leather too.
Good luck! Breaking in shoes is the worst and unfortunately it sounds like you’ve tried plenty and these shoes aren’t giving. I hope they do for you.
Post # 6
Try putting some rubbing alcohol on a washcloth or paper towel, rub that on the inside of the shoe that needs to be stretched and rub some on your toes at the spot too. Wear them for a few minutes and do this repeatedly. It might help. I did everything listed above plus that trick to get my wedding shoes to fit. They were the second pair and I didn’t want to have to get a third! Good luck!
Post # 7
All of the things suggested work for leather shoes, but nothing will stretch some types of faux leather. I am not sure there is anything to be done except find a better quality pair of leather shoes.
Post # 8
More than likely the shoes were the bride’s choice, or the BM’s as a group, not the OP’s.
Post # 9
thanks for all the advice, I tried the blowdryer on them and oh man did that ever work well.. I’m going to wear them around this coming weekend at a wedding I’m attending just to be sure they are good and broken in but I think the blowdryer did the trick.
The shoes in question are the American Eagle Kiley knot peep toe, they were the only approved choice by the bride as I am already taller than the rest of the bridal party minus the Maid/Matron of Honor.