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Typically leather shoes loosen up naturally as you wear them from place to place, but that entire process could take weeks! Lucky for us, there are ways it can be done without shredding your feet to pieces. Read on for our top tips on how to stretch and soften your new shoes:
BLAST ON THE HAIRDRYER
First, cover your feet with one or two pair of socks (The thicker the better!), then put on 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 your leather shoes. Just be sure to let the shoes cool with your feet still in them.
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BUY A SHOE STRETCHER
Using this simple tool is definitely the least risky method. It will definitely stretch those new leather shoes! Just be prepared to put the stretchers in and let them sit tight for a while.
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It's not what you're thinking! Using the back of a spoon to mimic the effect of your foot. Furiously work it into the heel or anywhere a pair of shoes are rubbing. It will make those strappy, tighter places soften up.
Crumple up some newspaper or tissue paper and wet it slightly. Just make sure it is not soaked through, otherwise it will damage the inner sole! Be careful with the fabric colour too. If you choose a light colour shoe, be careful the ink won't stain them. Let it dry and remove before wearing your leather shoes.
PROFESSIONALS KNOW BEST
When in doubt, ask for help! We have a great sizing info page for more information and you can always take your shoes to your local cobbler to help with a breaking-in service.