How to Stretch Your Shoes

Your shoes are perfect. That is what you think when you buy them. They shine so bright with style that you unwittingly leap in joy to get your hands on them before anybody else grabs them. Obviously, you have a duty to the world to wear these shoes. As you slip them onto your feet, you feel music all around, all the strings whine with elation, you dance with excitement, and suddenly you realize that the shoes do not actually fit.

It happens with everyone. We find the best footwear at a great price but they are just a little bit small. Fortunately, there are a number of different ways to stretch your shoes, and you can find them right there in your house along with special shoe stretching tools. They could actually stretch a shoe about  0.5 size larger. So, go through the following methods on how to stretch your shoes and rejoice that shoes may never be too small again.

You can freeze a bag of water in your shoes. It is a common household remedy for small shoes. Water is unique in that -it actually expands when it turns into solid ice. The water in your shoes will freeze, expand, and thus stretch out your shoes.

Fill only one quarter freezer- strength zip lock bag with water until it is half- full. Remove all air from the bag and make sure there no gaps or holes for any leakage. Place the bag of water into your shoe, stuffing it up to the toe. Use more than one bag of water if required 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.

Place shoe trees in your shoes to retain their shape. Shoes may shrink slightly due to moisture when you’re not wearing them, even after stretching them. To maintain their shape and size, place shoe trees in your shoes to keep them stretched.

Silica gel packets can also be used in your shoes. Silica gel packets come in most shoe boxes to absorb moisture and prevent shrinking. They are extremely handy and most shoe stores should be fairly generous about providing you with some for free if you need them.

Purchase professional shoe stretching supplies from your local shoe repair shop. You can use a wooden shoe stretcher and spray a bottle of liquid shoe stretch to stretch the shoes, if you prefer this over the mentioned home- made remedies.

If at all these fail, take the shoes to a professional shoe repair shop. Many shops have a stretching machine with which they can apply pressure and heat to specific areas of your shoe, stretching them where it hurts the most.

So try out these remedies and watch the video below to dance again in your favorite shoes!

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