How To Soften And Stretch Out Your New Leather Shoes

Tired of constantly struggling with uncomfortable new leather shoes? Fret not! Our expert guide on how to stretch out new leather shoes will provide you with easy, effective, and efficient ways to turn those tight kicks into your dream shoes in no time. 

Instead of wearing your brand new leather bridal heels on your special day and struggle with rubbing and blistering, it pays to soften and stretch them out at home beforehand.

There's nothing more excruciating then dealing with the pain from rubbing and blistering on your wedding day. 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 you can make sure that your new bridal sandals fit better than ever without shredding your feet to pieces.

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How to soften and stretch your new bridal leather shoes

How Do You Stretch And Soften New Leather Shoes?

It would be an absolute dream if we could avoid the rubbing and blistering of new shoes! We just bought a pair of shoes and felt this problem. It's hard being in between sizes and having the issue of always being too tight or too loose in your shoes. 

Here are 6 proven ways to stretch and soften your new Forever Soles leather shoes you must try! Ivory wedding shoes with low heel and pearl flowers

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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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2. Layering Socks

Instead of applying heat while wearing socks, layering a few layers of socks while wearing your new leather shoes also does the trick. If you usually wear a pair of think socks or no socks with your leather shoes, try wearing thick socks instead. To speed up the process of softening and stretching your shoes, you can also try wearing two or three pairs of socks while you wear them around the house.

Layering Socks Soften And Stretch Out New Leather Shoes

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Using a shoe stretcher is definitely the least risky method. It will definitely stretch and soften 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. 

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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.

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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.  


Last but not least, you can also wear your brand new leather shoes around the house to stretch them out naturally. It's one of the simplest, cost-effective ways you can soften them and get yourself accustomed to your new leather sandals.

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With this method, you can also control how long you wear your shoes and gradually increase the the amount of time in small chunks. Do this until you can wear your leather shoes for hours at a time.

Wearing them and removing them also helps the leather material on your shoe naturally loosen and soften over time. It's a win-win for all!

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