A new pair of shoes can be super exciting and super painful! It really could be a blessing and a curse. There’s nothing worse than buying a brand new pair of shoes, only to slip them on your feet and – within hours – have one of the most painful blisters of your life. Then you remember the seller telling you “customer, no worry, the shoe go expand.” What then do you do? Just break them in! stretch new shoes
Breaking in shoes can take a lot of time, but don’t fall for the potentially shoe-damaging tricks like throwing your new purchase in the washing machine or the microwave (yes, that’s a thing). These tips may have had some success in the DIY world, but they definitely aren’t the best option if you’re looking to make your new pair last. So, don’t let your new shoes catch dust, because you’re afraid to break them in. Just get a bit crafty in your approach. Here are a few simple ways to break in and stretch your new shoes without harming your feet or your bank account.
Try these simple hacks…
1 | Take it slow and steady
Any new shoe affects the position of the joints of the foot along with your ankles, knees, hips, and back. Anytime you get a new pair of shoes, give yourself at least three days to break them in little by little. The impulse to just wear new shoes out straightaway is sometimes too much to ignore, but if you can fight the temptation (and you should) wear them around the house first – in thick socks, if possible – and begin the wearing in process. The first day, wear them for 30 minutes around the house. This will allow your foot to adjust to the shoe and allow the joints of your body to properly align. The second day, 60 minutes inside or outside the house out and about. The third day, wear them at least two hours. By the third day, you will know if the shoes are fully broken in.
2 | Apply heat
Science tells us that heat tends to expand certain materials. So if your shoes are very tight in certain spots, try wearing multiple pairs of socks and 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 them. Just be sure to let the shoes cool with your feet still in them.
3 | Invest in shoe stretchers
Shoe stretchers are less useful for heels, but flats can easily be stretched using metal or wooden stretchers. Some shoe stretchers will even come with a shoe stretch spray that can help the process along. Just be prepared to put the stretchers in and let them sit tight for a while.
4 | Get professional help
The Queen never gets to break-in her shoes herself. She employs someone to do just that! So take a cue from the Queen and enlist a professional. If they’re feeling a bit tight, have your shoes stretched at a shoe repair shop or even a fancy shoe store. Just be sure to allow at least three days for them to work their magic.
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