Stretching shoes at home

After buying shoes, many are faced with the problem that it is small. Often this is due to the fact that the shoes are new and need to be carried. But this process can be painful and accompanied by very painful calluses. You can take your new purchase back to the store or resort to the services of specialists with a special machine. And you can spend stretching shoes at home. Consider in detail the methods of self-stretching.

Stretching with special tools

Now it’s easy to find on sale tools for stretching shoes in the form of cylinders, which are considered the most professional solution for stretching one or another shoe. Before using them, you should carefully read the instructions for use. It is necessary to ensure free access of fresh air to the room, cover the floor at the place of processing shoes and wear rubber gloves. First, the shoes are wiped with a damp cloth inside and out, and then the balloon is shaken and an aerosol or foam is applied to areas of the shoe that need stretching.

The material from which the narrow pair is made is important. If it is suede or patent leather, it is impossible to apply a spray for stretching shoes on its surface. Only inside shoes is allowed.

Spraying shoes

After that, the shoes need to be put on and be in it for about 15 minutes. If after the allotted time the shoes continue to reap, the procedure should be repeated.

Stretching with liquid soap

The next shoe stretcher is liquid soap. It is used diluted in warm water in a ratio of 1 part soap to 4 parts water. For uniform application it is convenient to use a spray gun. For some time, the shoes will have to be soaked well, so it is worth applying soap both from the inside and from the outside. After you need to walk in your naughty shoes, worn on a woolen sock, for 2-3 hours.

Cologne Stretching

Cologne is also able to stretch shoes. The best option would be “Triple Cologne”, but in its absence, you can do with the simplest and cheapest toilet water. The procedure for stretching shoes in this way is as follows: you need to wet two rags in the cologne well and put them in shoes in places that they press. After the shoes are wrapped in a bag for 10 hours. To avoid an unpleasant odor, it is better to carry out such a stretch at night, leaving the shoes on the balcony. In the morning you should put on your shoes and walk for several hours until your leg comfortably "sits down". It is also possible to replace the cologne with vinegar, if the latter cannot be obtained at all.

Stretching shoes with alcohol

It will require several stages of bearing. It is necessary to moisten problem areas abundantly with alcohol and walk for a while. After the shoes are wet again, put on for several hours and the stretching continues. You can repeat the procedure until wearing shoes ceases to cause discomfort. This method is used especially for rubber shoes, which by its nature stretches very hard.

Stretching with alcohol

Balloon stretching

Balloons are a simple, painless and reliable way to stretch shoes at home. This method is as follows: the balls are filled with water and placed in shoes, which in turn is placed in the freezer. There, the water in the balls freezes and expands, thus stretching the shoes. But synthetics have no plasticity and will simply burst. Therefore, for synthetic material this method is unacceptable.

Ice stretching

Vegetable Stretch

A very effective ancient way to not only stretch the material and increase the size of the shoes, but also significantly soften the skin. Shoes are lubricated from all sides, and the oil is absorbed by even the oldest boots or any shoes that have not been worn for a long time. But you need to take into account that the skin will darken from the oil and will have an unpleasant odor.

Hair dryer

This is probably the easiest way to stretch your pair of shoes: put on the shoes are heated with a hairdryer, as a result of which they stretch over the leg. Repeat heating as many times as necessary.

Hair dryer

Stretching with boiling water

This method can be considered brutal, since it is suitable only for picky shoes. Its essence is pouring steep boiling water on the shoes for half a minute, after which the water pours out and the undifferentiated pair is immediately put on two woolen socks. Given that most modern shoes can be washed at a temperature of no more than 30 degrees, not every pair will withstand this test.

Paraffin stretching

This simple way to stretch shoes consists in rubbing a problem part of the shoe with a paraffin candle. Having processed it in this way, you need to wait about 10 hours and remove the remaining paraffin.

Paraffin stretching

Heel Stretch

For stretching this particular part of the shoe, kerosene, alcohol, soap or wax are best suited (you can use an ordinary paraffin candle). It is only necessary to process the heel and wear as usual. Almost immediately, it will stop rubbing, and a bit later, the discomfort will completely disappear.

How to try on shoes

It is known that in the afternoon the legs begin to swell. So, it’s after dinner that it’s better to go buy shoes. And no matter how much the pair is looked at, it should be discarded if discomfort is felt during the fitting. Do not pay attention to the seller, who assures in the easy wearing of a new purchase. The foot should immediately comfortably "settle" in the shoes. Especially if that is from synthetic material. And further wear does not apply to mandatory activities after buying shoes, but is only a way to solve the problem, which can be avoided with proper fitting. Not for nothing there is a saying: “Do you want to forget about all the problems? Buy shoes one size smaller! ” And it is true.


In addition to professional aerosols and various folk methods, you can increase shoes with the help of mechanical devices. Typically, such a shoe stretch is performed by a specialist who sets the required size. Here it is possible to increase not only the width, but also the length of the product without the risk of damage to the shoes with the proper use of stretch marks. This method is the only way to increase shoes to two sizes without losing appearance. Moreover, in the mechanical extension for shoes there is even an adjustment of the personal position of the protruding bones or thumb using anatomical inserts. True, such an option is only available in expensive models. The features of mechanical stretching also include the adjustment of the place of lifting the foot.

Device for mechanical stretching

The above methods of stretching shoes at home are really effective. But do not confuse ways to facilitate the wearing of shoes with independent attempts to increase it in size. Otherwise, you can get a significant deformation of recently purchased shoes that have become similar to home slippers.


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