Post # 17
Even just reading your description of these shoes made me shudder, I absolutely hate uncomfortable and hard shoes!
All great suggestions above, you could also take them to a cobbler. They can stretch them, which may help a little. I always find with stiff shoes, they are slightly more tolerable when they’re a bit roomier.
Post # 18
If they are leather, I’ve had success with the Stretch Genie stuff they sell on TV. It really works. I got mine on ebay.
I always have issues because my right foot is a full half size bigger than my left, gah.
Post # 19
@peonyinparis: I should probably look into a cobbler too. I’m wearing these shoes again today and I am so glad they got here when they did because if I had to wear them for the first time on wedding day I’d probably chop my feet off by the end of the ceremony!
@sassy411: No, they aren’t leather. =( Some sort of dyeable fabric that I have no clue what it is. My right foot is about 1/4-1/2 size larger than my left and when I find super good sales on shoes I’ll buy two pairs, one 7 and one 7 1/2. Or, if the 7 1/2 is too big, I’ll buy one 7M and one 7W. . Yay for having freak feet! 🙁
Post # 20
@OoOTifsterOoO: ahhh you beat me to my secret shoe-stretch method! I love sharing that trick with people.
Post # 21
@BlondeBee: I’m really tempted to try this out now! So like get the gallon sized freezer ziplock baggies, fill em with water, fit em best you can into the shoe, then freeze over night?
Post # 22
@IcaJess13: yep! Pull the corner of the bag through the toe a little if they are open.
Post # 23
If these are dyed red shoes, PLEASE be careful if you try the freezer thing. I’ve had dyable shoes before that weren’t colorfast when they got wet.
My recommendation is to take q-tip, and rub a bit of rubbing alcohol along the inside of the shoe where it’s tight, then wear the socks. The alcohol helps stretch the fabric. Once again, though, be careful of colorfastness. I did this on my white satin shoes and it worked well.
Post # 24
@kimm99: Ooh I didn’t think about that… since I didn’t get them dyed myself and didn’t receive any care instructions with them I’m not sure if they are colorfast, but I guess it is better safe than sorry. I’m on day 3 of wearing them with socks (each day I’m going into less thick socks) and am looking into getting moleskin and/or those dr.scholls things to help make them more comfortable.
Post # 25
So I just found out that you can buy open toe sockettes.. anyone tried them? As soon as I can find them I’m going to try them to save my feet from a similar situation. Also wicked freezer trick!!!
Post # 26
@sanjessica: yes and have worn them. I like them I know other people don’t. it’s a preference thing