Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could avoid the rubbing and blistering of new shoes? well, we have some tips for stretching those leather shoes by yourself, check them out!
Wear them in a little at a time
The impulse to just wear new leather shoes out straightaway is sometimes too much to ignore, but if you can fight the temptation (and you should) wear them around the house first – in thick socks, if possible - and begin the wearing-in process.
Spoon straps and backs
Using the back of a spoon, furiously work it into the heel or anywhere a pair of shoes are rubbing. It is essentially mimicking the effect of your foot, but it will make those strappy, tighter places softened up before wearing.
Blast on the hairdryer
Wearing multiple pairs of socks and the shoes in question, hold a hairdryer up to the parts of the shoe that are tightest whilst flexing or moving your feet. This will help stretch them. Just be sure to let the shoes cool with your feet still in them.
Invest in shoe stretchers
Less useful for heels, but flats can easily be stretched using metal or wooden stretchers. Try Amazon for a range of styles. Some will even come with a shoe stretch spray that can help the process along. Just be prepared to put the stretchers in and let them sit tight for a while.
Crumple up a newspaper, wet it slightly – note: it must not be soaked through, otherwise, it will damage the inner sole – let it dry and remove before wearing.