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    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 11th Nov 05, 1:25 PM
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    Stretching leather shoes?
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    • 11th Nov 05, 1:25 PM
    Stretching leather shoes? 11th Nov 05 at 1:25 PM
    I need to stretch a pair of shoes, but can't afford to buy special stuff so is there an OS way?

    They are leather uppers but lined with synthetic.

    I am a 5 1/2 which no-one sells any more, and these are a 5 so only just too small. Sadly a 6 is always too big!

    Any ideas?
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 11th Nov 05, 1:34 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 1:34 PM
    Hi skintchick,

    Have a look at these older threads which may help:

    How can I stretch a pair of trainers?

    Stretching Football Boots?

    Pink
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 11th Nov 05, 1:37 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 1:37 PM
    Hmmmmm
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    • 11th Nov 05, 1:37 PM
    I haven't recently had to stretch shoes in length. I bought a pair which were too tight (the shoe itself wasn't too tight, but the band across the foot was, if you see what I mean).

    I got the shoes to 'give' quite a bit by stuffing a water bottle into each one - you know, the sort of bottle you buy for about 50p with 500ml of spring water or carbonated drinks inside. Might this help with stretching? I can see that if stretching the 'band' as above didn't help, you might get somewhere by cutting the bottle and forcing it into the shoe (depends on design of shoe and how stiff the leather is - you don't want to deform the shoe visually!)

    HTH

    Oooo, Pink's posted while I was writing this!
    Last edited by eastchristina; 11-11-2005 at 1:39 PM. Reason: New message posted...
  • carol_a
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    • 11th Nov 05, 1:39 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 1:39 PM
    I know it's too late for the ones you've got but have you tried on a pair of size 6s but with an innersole which makes them a bit snugger? Marks and Spencers still sell half sizes as I'm a 6 1/2 and often end up getting shoes/boots there.

    The best way to stretch them is to wear them for short periods around the house maybe with thick socks on.
    Last edited by carol_a; 11-11-2005 at 5:48 PM.
    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 11th Nov 05, 2:10 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 2:10 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 2:10 PM
    I have Carol, and they still slip off as I walk

    I know M&S do half sizes as do Clarks, but I don't usually like their shoes - no offence to anyone.

    WIll try the thick socks
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  • cardtart
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    • 11th Nov 05, 2:13 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 2:13 PM
    You can stuff them with newspaper overnight which might help with the width but I would imagine it to be almost impossible to make them longer???
    bye hoo
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    • 11th Nov 05, 2:36 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 2:36 PM
    You can stuff them with newspaper overnight which might help with the width but I would imagine it to be almost impossible to make them longer???
    by cardtart
    I'd agree with that too.

    If you cant stretch the width then you can buy shoe stretch spray which is £2.50 from Clarks but you may be able to get it cheaper elsewhere. It softens the leather and then you wear them and they stretch to the shape of your feet. It just speeds up the process really.

    I know that you can take shoes to be stretched to the cobblers. Our local timpsons one charges about £1 i think - well, thats what customers have told me (- I work in a shoe shop )
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  • climbgirl
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    • 11th Nov 05, 5:17 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 5:17 PM
    Leather shoes/boots will stretch and mold themselves to the shape of your feet when they're wet. I used to spend a lot of time on a farm with horses and whenever we got new riding boots the first thing we did was put them on, dunk our feet in the trough and walk around for the day to break them in! Once they dry, they'll have stretched and molded to your feet Wet socks will work the same way.

    I'm not sure if the synthetic inner would make a difference though.....(and it can feel a bit yuck!)
    • cheekymole
    • By cheekymole 11th Nov 05, 5:27 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 5:27 PM
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    • 11th Nov 05, 5:27 PM
    May sound odd and maybe a bit weird but this is how we used to do it the forces with our boots.
    Stand in a hot bath with them on your feet
    I haven't got one!
  • carol_a
    I can remember doing that with levis in the 70s! Lying down of course.
    • cheekymole
    • By cheekymole 11th Nov 05, 6:38 PM
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    Lol
    I haven't got one!
    • rizla01
    • By rizla01 11th Nov 05, 7:05 PM
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    There are such things as shoe stretchers that you can still buy, tho I dont know where from. Try one of the instant shoe repairers.

    I still have my fathers one from the 1950s. He was a Master Boot Maker.

    Before you ask, sorry I need it - I take size 12.
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    • squiggles
    • By squiggles 11th Nov 05, 7:08 PM
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    Saturate a pair of socks,wring out and wear them with your shoes for as long as it takes for them to stretch to the shape of your feet.
  • Quackers
    There are such things as shoe stretchers that you can still buy,
    by rizla01
    You can buy a shoe stretcher from a shoe shop. Ours are £22
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  • Jay-Jay
    I started the 'stretching a pair of football boots' thread and have to admit that we resorted to proper wooden shoe stretchers (bought off ebay for £7 each AND a tin of the spray stuff :rolleyes: ). They worked really well.

    I consoled myself that the footy boots should've been £90 but he got them for £30...... and that the stretchers will probably come in handy again.
    Just run, run and keep on running!

  • Ems*Honie
    Does anyone know if the spray can be used whilst wearing the boots? (or could it loosen the leather on my feet,, ooohhh eeeuuuwwww )
  • Quackers
    Does anyone know if the spray can be used whilst wearing the boots? (or could it loosen the leather on my feet,, ooohhh eeeuuuwwww )
    by Ems*Honie
    Thats the best thing to do. Spray them, that softens the leather, then wear them and they should stretch to the shape of your feet.
    Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold...But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow...
    • Contains Mild Peril
    • By Contains Mild Peril 9th Dec 05, 3:35 AM
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    I'm a size 5 and a half too, and I know what you mean, skintchick, about most shoes not having half sizes. It's really annoying. Usually the ones that I really want don't fit, and the ones that fit properly are really expensive. It's getting a bit better now a lot of shoes are made in European sizes, though. Size 39 is usually "translated" as 6, but it's actually slightly smaller than a 6, so will often fit me OK.
    I'm not sure if it helps with stretching, but I know that petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline) can help soften stiff leather on new shoes. It would normally be applied on the inside though, so the synthetic lining might be a bit of a barrier.
    • WLITC
    • By WLITC 4th Mar 06, 11:34 AM
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    Stretching trainers?
    Anyone got any tips of stretching trainers. I have a paid of good trainers that are just a tad too tight and for that reason I hardly wear them. I know you can get sort of wooden shoe stretching things, but they expensive. Anyone got any cheap or money free tips on stretching the trainers?
  • moggins
    Get them wet and then stuff them completely full of screwed up newspaper as tight as you can possibly cram them in and then leave them to dry. Remove the newspaper when they are completely dry.
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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