How To Stretch Shoes | Updated 2022

How To Stretch Shoes? If you’ve ever tried to put on a pair of shoes that were just too tight, you probably didn’t wear them for very long before thinking about what it would take to stretch out the material. You can’t really resize your shoe more than 1/4 or 1/2 a size but if there’s just an inch or two left then stretching might work – maybe they’ll even feel less constricting this way.

When we try them on in the store, they feel fine- but after wearing them for a while, we find ourselves struggling and in pain because our toes are being squished against the front of the shoe. A lot of times, if we can’t take them back or if we don’t want to – there is an easy way to stretch them out so that they will become comfortable again without sacrificing style!

At home, don’t forget to put on your shoes

The uncomfortable shoes you wear at work or at social gatherings must be comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. Wearing the shoes around your house during small intervals will loosen the materials and stretch out the shoe size.

In addition, wearing a thicker pair of socks before putting on these tighter-fitting shoes may lessen some discomfort while they stretch out over time. If they don’t fit when you try them on, remove it immediately instead of forcing yourself to keep them on.

Freeze your shoes

Water expands while frozen, therefore the shoes will expand too. To replace the water in your shoes, simply fill a sandwich bag with 1/4 cup of water per foot. Be sure to remove them from the freezer once they are completely frozen. After they’re done, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw outside of the bag before trying on your shoes again. Two or three times may be necessary – but the effort will be well worth it!

A special precaution needs to be taken when using this method on certain types of footwear such as canvas sneakers that can’t get wet; whereas freezing an entire shoe would work better for these kinds of shoes. Do what we’ve shown below.

Heat your shoes

Besides making your shoes icy cold, don’t forget about heated shoes. To do this, wear a pair of thick socks first and then put them on with the desired footwear. Turn up the hair dryer to its highest setting – focusing especially on areas that are too tight – or use an iron or steamer if available.

While doing so, wiggle your toes around within the shoe to loosen it up as much as possible (but be careful not to burn yourself). It may sound uncomfortable – but it works! Watch this video for a detailed step-by-step guide on how to go about it

It is known that both cooling and warming methods can increase or decrease shoe sizes by about one-half of a size. The leather, being a resilient material, will most likely retain this new form while other materials may revert back to their original shape after stretching out only slightly.

Use simple shoe stretching tools

There are many alternatives to stretching out tight shoes with your own feet – one option might be to stuff the heel and toes of old socks inside them or crumple up some paper. There are also plenty of shoe-stretching tools available for purchase – including stretchers that adjust both the length and width of a shoe, as well as knobbed stretchers that can create adjustable tension.

While this might sound pricey ($20), it’s worth investing in when they’ll save you from those awfully painful ‘too small’ shoes!

Now, once armed with this knowledge, take the time to look through your wardrobe and find those too-tight pairs hiding deep down at the back.

A blister from a new pair of shoes should be treated as soon as possible

To care for an open blister, use soap and warm water to cleanse the skin around it. Cover the area with a bandage or ointment, then wrap loosely with gauze before applying pressure for 10 minutes. Avoid wearing footwear that will cause further abrasion to the area.


Can a shoe stretcher stretch shoes in a short amount of time?

Depending on how much you stretch your shoes using shoe stretchers, it can take anywhere from one night to two days for the stretching process to be completed.

Can shoes be stretched to fit a larger size?

A half size can normally be stretched out of shoes.

Are my running shoes stretchable?

Runners can stretch their shoes manually if they follow the steps listed above. However, it is not advised to do so as professional shoe fitting ensures your feet have enough cushioning for longer runs.

Does stretching your shoes cost anything?

Shoe stretchers are priced at about £20 and can be reused over time. Shoe stretches made from home remedies generally work for free.


Are your shoes too tight? Don’t worry, we can help! This guide will discuss how to make your shoes more comfortable when wearing them. You’ll find out about a few different ways of doing this, so it should be easy for you to pick the one that suits you best. After following our tips, your shoes will feel great and you’ll be able to wear them all day long!

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