How to stretch shoes - it's quick, easy & FREE!

How to stretch shoes - it's quick, easy & FREE!

Tight shoes? Learning how to stretch shoes is much easier than you ever could have imaged.

There's nothing quite as disheartening as buying a fabulous new pair of shoes, only to get home and find that they're too snug to actually wear anywhere comfortably. You could resell your gorgeous new shoes, or, you could learn how to stretch them instead. There are a variety of different ways to do this.

blister from tight shoes
Don't suffer - learn how to stretch shoes today!

Arguably the easiest - but also the most expensive - is taking your shoes to the Cobbler. Most cobbler's offer a stretching service, and also sell shoe stretchers which you can take to use at home. These will set you back around £20, however, they are effective and can be used again and again.

However, here at Expert Home Tips, we don't like to spend money unless we really have to. Today we're sharing a DIY method of stretching shoes at home which is quick and easy to do - plus, it's free!

Don't limp around town in pain from blisters and sores - learn how to stretch shoes today and they'll be your comfiest pair in no time at all!

How to stretch shoes - what you need

  • The pair of shoes that require stretching.
  • A pair of thick, Winter socks.
  • A hairdryer.
  • Some time at home (unless you don't mind looking ridiculous out and about).

How to stretch shoes - what to do

1. Grab your socks and pop them on.

how to stretch shoes with socks
Grab the thickest socks you can find.

2. Pull your shoes on over your socks. They'll be tight, and may be uncomfortable at first. This is good! Snugness is needed to achieve the desired stretching effect.

3. Keep your shoes and socks on for as long as possible. Ideally, you will start during the morning, and wear all day them whilst doing the laundry, washing up and even watching the TV.

stretching shoes with fluffy socks
Walk around as much as you can.

TOP TIP: Keep on your feet as much as possible. The more you move, the more stretch you'll be able to achieve.

4. If you want to stretch your shoes even more, grab your hairdryer. Blast the hairdryer over your shoes on a medium heat for four or so minutes. Be sure to wiggle your toes whilst you do this so your feet push against the side of the shoe, encouraging it to stretch.

NB: Don't overdo it! Check the temperature of the shoe frequently to ensure it doesn't become too hot as this may damage the material.

using a hairdryer to stretch shoes
Don't let the hairdryer get too close!

5. Take off your socks, and check the fit of your shoes.

6. Still need stretching? Continue to walk around in your shoes, and repeat with the hairdryer as necessary.

Whilst stretching shoes shouldn't be relied upon as a method of making all your shoes fit, it certainly does come in handy. Ill-fitting shoes can be extremely uncomfortable and also damage the feet. If you see blisters, calluses and corns appearing on your feet, chances are your shoes don't fit right.

To care for feet that have been stuffed into small shoes, have a read of our article, how to effectively remove hard skin & get amazingly soft feet.

Have you got any of your own methods for stretching shoes? Share them with us in the comments below!


Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Jennie Birch on January 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Save the Pain!! Stuff them with damp newspaper as tight as possible and leave overnight!

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 18, 2018 at 9:23 am

      Hi Jennie. I'm not sure I would want to stuff my lovely leather brogues with damp paper, for fear it would damage them. However will definitely be giving it a go with other shoes. Thanks for sharing :)


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