Resource Center / How-To
How-To Stretch Your Shoes
So you've found the perfect pair of shoes. They look just stunningly handsome. They shine so bright with style that you unwittingly allow a few tears of joy to escape from your eyes. These shoes are so beautiful, they could spark a war. Heck, they could stop a war. They could cure cancer, feed the hungry, house the homeless, solve all the world's problems if people could just bear witness to the sight of them on your feet. Obviously, you have a duty to the world to wear these shoes. As you slip them onto your feet, music plays, strings whine with elation, you tingle with excitement, and ...... well, the shoes don't quite fit.
It happens to all of us. We find the best shoes or boots or sandals at a great price but they're just a little bit snug. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to stretch your shoes, either with household items or with specialty shoe stretching items. These methods won't help Shaquille O'Neal fit into Cinderella's glass slippers. But they could stretch a shoe about a 1/2 size larger. Rejoice that shoes may never be too small again!
- Freeze a bag of water in your shoes. One common, handy household remedy for small shoes is to freeze a plastic bag filled with water. Water is unique in that it actually expands when it turns into solid ice. The water in your shoes will freeze, expand, and stretch out your shoes.
- Fill an one-quart, freezer-strength zip lock bag with water until it is half-full. Check for leaks and remove all air from the bag.
- Place the bag of water into your shoe, stuffing it up to the toe. You may use more than one bag of water if you need to fill the shoe where it is too small.
- Keep the shoes in the freezer until the water is completely frozen. This may take anywhere between 4 to 8 hours.
- When the water is completely frozen into ice, remove the bags of ice. Your shoes are stretched!
- If the shoes are still a bit small, repeat this process until they are stretched to your satisfaction.