(Closed) Wedding shoes came in..They are TOO TIGHT!

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
4031 posts
Honey bee

@Hope_To_Be_MrsLovebug:  Is the salon willing to exchange them? Are they a size or 1/2 a size too small or just a little tight? 

You could also buy a shoe stretcher like this….they usually run between $10 and $15. It might help. 

Post # 5
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Hope_To_Be_MrsLovebug:  That’s a bummer that they are too small 🙁  Something you can do is use rubbing alcohol on the inside of the shoe at the point where they are too tight.  Make a solution with half water and half rubbing alcohol. Use a brand that has a higher percentage of alcohol in the procuct.  I had to do this with a pair of shoes before and it helped.  If you can stand to wear socks while doing this, that will help too. 

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Post # 6
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

pop on some super thick socks and walk around in them. thats how i am breaking mine in. 🙂

Post # 7
8861 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

bring them to nordstroms to have them stretched.  i know they will stretch their own shoes for free. maybe there will stretch yours at no cost or just charge a couple of dollars.  can’t hurt to ask?

or can you return these and order size up?

Post # 8
1999 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Use a shoe stretcher spray – I don’t know about your area but here you can buy one at any shoe store. Spray the shoes and put them on immediately (while still wet – it’s uncomfortable but only for a few seconds, I promise), then wear them around the house until dry. Repeat if necessary. It worked for me! 

Post # 9
9231 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’ve had great luck with Stretch Genie.  Ordering from TV is a rip off.  I got mine from ebay.  A shoe repair place may be able to help as well.


Post # 10
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

if you do get your shoes wet before stretching, be sure to do a test spot!   I did on my shoes, and it turns out anything wet would have ruined the custom dye job.  I’m so annoyed because I paid $150 for them. 

I stretched mine out dry by wearing them with socks around the house.  I started with one pair and added socks as they stretched. 

Post # 11
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Big socks have always worked for me.  I know it’s uncomfortable, but it will get better.  Also, it really helps to vacuum in them.  Because you are rocking back and forth, and moving in all different directions.  It’s a crazy tip, but I SWEAR it works!

Post # 12
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Wear thick socks and hold a hair dryer on them for a few minutes. Let them cool with the socks on. Like magic.

Post # 13
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Take them to a cobbler, he’ll be able to stretch them and still maintain the shape and style of the shoe…it costs like $15

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