Today’s blog is from style journalist Eva Tornado. She addresses a huge problem that many a girl has with new shoes. And if you are purchasing some very fancy and special bridal shoes to go with your amazing wedding dress, chances are you have not really thought about making sure that they will be comfortable for the duration of your special day. Dare we say that you might wear them once before your wedding, possibly for your bridal portraits (if you have them by then), but otherwise we’re sure you want to keep them as pristine as possible. So if you want a day of worry-free, blister-free shoe wearing…please read on. Eve has some great tips.
By Eva Tornado
If you’re like me – passionate lovers of all kinds of shoes, then you are perfectly familiar with a problem that occurs every time you buy new ones – how to stretch new shoes. Many people give advice, and they are all different. I have compiled the most interesting recommendations and I will share my own experiences.
Shoe Stretching Tips
1. You can stretch new shoes using special creams or conventional creams for footwear, applying them daily at night, and every day wear shoes at home for a one hour per day.
2. You can stretch new shoes from the inside, applying the alcohol or special foam for stretching shoes. The main thing is not use a lot of alcohol, to not damage the shoes.
3. If the shoes made of suede, fabric and rubber – usual beer will help. Apply a beer inside shoes, wear socks and wear wet shoes until it dries.
4. Extremely fast method of a stretching – wear socks and then shoes and send the stream of hot air from a hair dryer on the place where the shoes are too tight to warm and keep moving the feet, to “stretch” the problem areas. It will takes just 2 minutes, they say.
5. They advise also pouring water into two plastic bags, place them in the shoes and then place the footwear in the cold (in the freezer, or in the winter on the balcony). Water expands upon freezing, and stretches shoes. Possible this method will help to somebody.
As for me, then, when I buy a new pair of shoes, I don’t resort to extreme methods. I wear shoes at home. Walking a bit helps to identify problem areas. The next time I stick an adhesive plaster on the problem places on the feet, and I begin to stretch shoes slowly. As a first step, I personally take a walk to a nearby store, then around my block, and each time increase the length of the walk until shoes are not binding the form of my foot. The same can be done at home, but I like to walk around my neighborhood.
Hopefully, some of these techniques will be of use to you. These are by no means the only ways to ease the pain of new shoes. Many of you have your own methods of success. What do you do to stretch new shoes?