Shoe Stretching – 5 Tips How To Do it at Home

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Supplies: Shoe stretching is a major part of my shoe repair business because shoes can be uncomfortable if they don’t fit quite right. In this video, I demonstrate some great products that I use every day that you can order to do the project at home. The supplies are available on my Amazon shopping cart:

Shoe Stretching Supplies

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IntBuying Shoe Stretcher Machine –
FootFitter Toe Box Lifter –
KevenAnnaPair Wooden Shoe Stretcher –

Sinctual Shoe Stretcher instep Boot Stretcher –
High Heel Shoe Stretcher Pink –

Low heel Shoe Stretcher Pink –

Houndsbay Cowboy Boot Stretcher –
Houndsbay Low Heel Boot stretcher –
Ball and Ring Shoe Stretcher –
Moneysworth Best Shoe Stretch –
Boot Shaper –

Boot Jack –

Topics you will find in this video are types of shoe stretchers, shoe stretching spray, how to stretch shoes that are not leather, how to stretch shoes wider, and I even give some suggestions for wide size work boots.

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UPDATE: watch my other video, “Shoe Stretching Q and A” for answers to your comments on this video!! I’ve placed a link in the video that will take you right to it!

Stretching shoes is so easy to do that you can even do it at home!  The following shoe stretching items make the job easy.  The tutorial video included below with walk you through each step.5 tips to Stretching your own shoes at home:

 Water, ziploc bag and freezer method – using a small ziploc bag, add water and close the bag tightly.  Fit the Ziploc bag into the shoe where you are intending to stretch it.  Once firmly in place, put the shoe in the freezer overnight.  The water will expand as it freezes which will stretch the shoe.  This method is simple and will create a gentle stretch.  This technique is not recommended for genuine leather goods.
Blowdryer/Heat gun method – This technique looks simple and yes, sometimes it is simple.  It works best on synthetic shoes because the plastic warms up and can be manipulated.  This technique should only be used if you feel confident in your application.  Using the heat source of your choice, warm the shoe gently by keeping the heat source at least 12 inches away.  Check the material as you go so that it doesn’t melt or over-stretch.
Shoe stretcher method – Using a stretcher is my favorite process.  It is very easy to do.  Shoe stretchers come in various sizes and styles.  There are some that stretch just the width and some stretch width and length at the same time.  My favorite stretchers are wood and have an iron, or metal, handle.  Most of the shoe stretchers come with attachments to treat the shoe in areas that are the most sore, such as bunions.
Have shoes professionally stretched – It is helpful to pay a professional to stretch your shoes if you have really troubled foot issues.  A professional can help with bunions, hammer toes and instep stretching.
Maintain ideal shoe shape – Once you have stretched the shoe to your liking, add a cedar shoe tree to keep the shape of the shoe.

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  1. lucky chucky says

    You're a cute little lady very informative thank you I have a lot of trouble with my feet great presentation you have a nice way about yourself thank you great job

  2. Mariella Mariella says

    Thank you sooo much.. Very helpful!!❤

  3. Leone says

    What should i do if my little fingers hurt then i put shoes on

  4. Prakash Jatt says

    Love in with ur voice🥰🥰🥰🥰

  5. Andrew MacLeod says

    Sounds like that second width stretcher could use some lube on the threads

  6. Kimball Scarr says

    Great present and very informative video… link for do it yourselfers !

  7. yogibearstie says

    Thanks. I have a nice pair of loafers that are too tight on the top of my foot, like the white boot.

  8. David Steele says

    Great video thank you Tez 👍👍👍

  9. frank marti says

    I guess i should clean the mud off before putting my boots in the freezer

  10. david hillis says

    Of all the methods shown, by far the most effective is the ice method. I tried spray shoe stretcher, the wooden stretcher that you twist, and the hair dryer, and while these helped a little, the ice treatment finally stretched them to what I needed. Great video!

  11. Coach B says

    The way she described the 3rd option and the hand gestures

  12. Katharine Tinker says

    Tried the hair dryer trick, worked a treat .thanks nice lady 👍

  13. Ḥsen Amejqan says

    Thank you very much

  14. NomadArt USA says

    What about stretching boot length ?

  15. Andy Sanger says

    Great 👍

  16. Renatas Savickas says

    this is a nice video, thank you for showing.

  17. Adam Brockie says

    I have some Doc Martens that are just a tad to small. I am a male and they are tight around the top of my foot. Any suggestions

  18. aneetad1 says

    Will the diy rubbing alcohol mixture stain light coloured leather and suede, or is it ok to use?

  19. A Mmm says

    Used your link to try and purchase wooden shoe trees to stretch my shoes but the products you recommended are sold out ☹. Tried searching others but I cant tell what is good quality. Any recommendations on available products would be great. 🙂

  20. Sheila Gavin says

    Aloha! Thank you for these excellently described solutions Teri! New subscriber here from Upstate NY.

  21. Daniel Migneault says

    Great advice/vid,I just got made to order all leather men's hight top sneaker/boot,I need height and width stretch.does anyone know such a search as been fruitless so far

  22. jenny taylor says

    A year on, I'm back with a new problem! (Damn wide feet!) You answered all my current questions. Thanx for replying to my question ages back, too.

  23. moonbabez says

    What about slide sandals where the vamp isnt adjustable (velcro strap) would this method work?

  24. Tracy Gaylor says

    I have tennis show, they are canvas in some plaves, I'm paralyzed on my left side, wear a clunky brace on that foot.ankle and leg, I went to the shoe store purchased a 10.5 W men's shoe, it was way too big, my caregiver went to exchange them she picked up a 9.5 reg shoe, it't so tight, it pains me, don,want to excange them again so wnt to try stretching them out

  25. Karen Rosamond says

    I have a new pair of Filas, half size too short. No option to get half size larger. I have a shoe stretcher. Not sure how to use the device to stretch for length. It seems to widen and I need length, not width. I've watched several of your videos, know the equipment, boots, high heels, etc. No bunion or hammertoe issue here. Do you have just one video to show how to use the stretcher to add length to the Fila athletic shoe?

  26. Kimberly stephens says

    Do you know any great coolers on Oahu?!

  27. John Melville says

    This looks great to me. The idea of stretching shoes bit by bit, day by day makes perfect sense

  28. Mavie Bailingo says

    Is it ok to put sneakers every other night in freezer with ice bag?

  29. Daniela Arabit says

    Hi, is it okay if its leather or I am just gonna damage my heels? I have heels from Clarks.

  30. DAWN Wissink says

    Shoe repair near me

  31. Maggie Alvarez says

    What about for toddlers

  32. Maria Rizza Almazan says

    How about for flipflops? Will it work too? Need help.

  33. sheri Mor says

    What about barefoot minimalist zero drop shoes with correct toes.

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