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How to Fix Tight Leather Shoes or Boots

By Bebefuzz

A little while back, one of you lovely ladies requested a guide for stretching out shoes that are too tight. Thankfully, I have a bit of experience with this problem!

Sometimes even though a shoe may be too small or too tight, we just can't say no. That's what happened to me with this Aldo pair:

Aldo Melquist black wedge heels

By the time, I discovered these wedges, my size had sold out. Because the style was so versatile, I went ahead and got it in the next size down. But, the darn shoes were SO tight, that I could not bear to wear them!

Thankfully, leather shoes can be stretched. Here's the best way that I know of!

materials needed to stretch shoes

You will need the following items:

1. 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
2. 1 cotton swab or tissue
3. Tight shoes
4. Old cheap socks
5. Leather conditioner (optional)

The socks serve two purposes. Most likely, there will be some color rub off. If it ends up on your foot, it might be a few days before it washes off. :P And, the sock further helps in making the shoe more stretched and comfortable. :)

Step 1: Saturate the cotton swab with the alcohol.
Step 2: Wipe this right where you wish the shoe would stretch. ONLY on the INSIDE of the shoe, please! For me, this was inside the whole toe area. The area that needs to be stretched should be damp with the alcohol.

socks on while wearing shoes

cat grimacing

Kitty disapproves of the sock with heels look.

Step 3: Put on your old socks and put on your shoes. Walk around the house with your shoes. Wear the shoes for about an hour. Every once in a while, get up and walk around the house.
Step 4 (optional): Condition the leather. The alcohol will dry out the leather a little bit. Nothing noticeable. But, for expensive leather shoes, it is a good idea to condition the shoes afterwards.

After this process, your leather shoes should be VERY comfortable! This technique also works on boots that are too tight around the calf!

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