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What to do when your new shoes are a little tight……..

2 Comments 23 October 2012

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You have bought your new shoes and they are slightly tight. Drat! We’ve all been here. You know that the next size will be too big. You love them and you want them! Or you simply want to wear in your new shoes, before you wear them to an all-day-event. Well, here’s my inside trick. Something I have been doing for years. A little tip handed down through my husband’s shoe-cobbling family. You need:  1 X  hair dryer, 1 X pair of socks &  1 X new shoes.

Plug in your hairdryer and set to the hottest setting. Blow heat directly onto the inside of the shoe. Whether it be the heels you want to soften, or the width across the toe area. Keep blowing until you feel the inside lining of the shoe feel warm to hot. (Fabrics, synthetic textiles and leather are heated during the shoe making process. This allows for the moulding of uppers. So, all you are doing is heating up the leather to stretch it out slightly. It is a natural process and can’t damage the shoe)

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Wearing your socks – slip your feet into your warm shoes. The thickness of the socks depends on how much you want to stretch the shoe. I have been known to wear football socks in the past! Beware this is not a fabulous look! Avoid any home deliveries or friends dropping in during this process – answering one’s doors looking like this – is not advised! Walk around, flex your foot, stand on your toes – feel the shoe subtly giving. Whip off your socks and feel the comfort. If the shoe is still tight, repeat the process of try thicker socks.

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Hope this little tip helps? This is so fabulous to do before Spring Race days, parties or simply a long day in new shoes.

 

Miss S xxoo

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I have been shoe-obsessed for the greater part of my life! From stick figures with elaborately illustrated heels as a child, to my first part-time job in a shoe boutique, to a Cinderella tale of marrying into a 'shoe' family! I was a destined cobbler. The last 20 years have been dedicated to footwear design. I blend my knowledge of colour, material and form to create silhouettes that evoke glamour and elegance. I draw every sketch, select materials and finalise each construction detail that produces all ShoeSales.com.au shoes. I do this with passion - appealing to conservative, eclectic and adventurous personalities and tastes. My philosophy “give a girl the right pair of shoes, and she can conquer the world!” Google Plus

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  1. Hi I’m just wondering if this would work with trying to stretch the top of a knee-high boot where the calf is too tight for my left calf. Or would you have other suggestions, they are leather and only needs to stretch about 1″. thanks Joanne

    • Miss S says:

      I would try the same method Joanne. Heat the leather and then stretch it out whilst it’s warm / hot. You can just pull with your hands and then heat leather again and pull over your calf. It will stretch. Let me know how you go. Sarah


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