How To Stretch Shoes - #1 Method For Tight Shoes!

How To Stretch Shoes - #1 Method For Tight Shoes!

 

Most of us have convinced ourselves into buying a pair of too-tight shoes before. Whether it was the price or the prettiness that twisted your arm, you'll find shoes that are too small completely redundant once you've tried wearing them for a day.

You could try reselling them, or, you could learn how to stretch shoes, say goodbye to blisters and hello to gorgeous feet instead.

There's a super easy, failsafe way to make shoes bigger, and today we're sharing it with you.

So pull off those painful pumps or blister-causing brogues, and listen up.

Editor's Note: This post was originally posted in January 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in January 2019. 

How to stretch shoes - #1 method for tight shoes!

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

Stretching shoes with our method has never been easier! All you need are 2 pairs of socks (one thin and one thick), a hair dryer, and your tight shoes.

This method should work for leather shoes, canvas shoes and even synthetic shoes, including boots, so you really can get all your shoes - however tight - fitting perfectly.

Method

1. Grab your thickest pair of 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. Now it's time to put that hairdryer to work. Blast the hairdryer over your shoes on a medium heat for 4 or so minutes - this will soften the leather and make it inclined to stretch. Be sure to wiggle your toes whilst you do this so pressure is applied to the leather.

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.

4. No hairdryer? Then 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.

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

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. Tight shoes still need stretching? Repeat the steps with your second, thicker pair of socks. These should, as with the first pair, be snug enough to cause significant pressure.

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 are too small.

Other ways to make shoes bigger

How to stretch shoes with wet newspaper

Another easy way to make those tight shoes roomier is with wet newspaper. Scrunch wet newspaper into your shoes and leave to dry. The paper will expand as it does, and your shoes should have more give.

How to stretch shoes with ice

The final method you can try at home is using ice. Fill a resealable bag with water (1/4 full for the toe area, 1/2 full for the toe and instep and 1/2-1/3 of the way for the entire shoe including ankle area) then put it inside your shoe. Freeze for around 8 hours before removing.

Similarly to wet newspaper, the water will expand as it solidifies, stretching the shoe slightly.

 

Q&A

How much does it cost to stretch your shoes?

Shoe stretchers cost around £20 and can be used again and again. If you stretch your shoes using a home remedy, it can usually be done for free.

How long does it take to stretch shoes with a shoe stretcher?

Stretching your shoes with shoe stretchers can take anywhere from one night to 48 hours to complete.

Can you stretch shoes a size bigger?

Normally shoes can be stretched by around a half size.

Can I stretch my running shoes?

Running shoes can be stretched using the methods above. It is, however, not advised as it's important running shoes are professionally fitted to ensure your foot has enough support.

 

Have you had any experience sretching shoes? Share your tales with us in the comments below!

Author

Stephanie C

Editor

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 :)

    Reply
  2. Author vikasradhik on January 30, 2019 at 8:03 am

    It is a very helpful article to know about the information how we stretch tight shoes. After reading this article I sure everyone know about the way to stretch the shoes.

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 30, 2019 at 9:33 am

      We're glad you found it helpful!

    Reply
  3. Author John on February 1, 2019 at 9:59 am

    #1 says thickest pair and #6 says second even thicker pair? I usually try to stretch mine after being out in wet weather when shoes are damp to stop them getting tighter. Stuffing them with dry newspaper in a warm room helps them dry too.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 1, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Hi John! That sounds like a great method too.

    Reply
  4. Author Jay on February 1, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Firstly... just buy shoes that fit! Secondly, if you really have to stretch leather shoes the wet newspaper trick is the best way to go.

    1. Author Joanne A on February 1, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      We love the newspaper trick too! We just find this sock method a lot less messy.

    Reply
  5. Author Sandeep kumar saini on March 13, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Many Time I Used This method And I very thanksful . Now I use this method On my Very and old Shoes, wear Shoes Very Comfortly

    1. Author Joanne A on March 13, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Great to hear, Sandeep!

    Reply

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