Tips & Ideas: Shoe/Boot Stretchers

Have you ever tried on a pair of boots at a store and the right foot fits well and you try the left, but it’s so tight that you get frustrated with wanting to buy them because it’s just too much work…? The thought runs through your head…. “But I really like these boots and, and, and…” You start selling yourself on the idea. So, you make the purchase and it makes your week!

After a few times wearing your boots, your left foot starts hurting because the boot is too tight. You knew this was going to happen, but you really wanted the boot and thought, “my foot can suffer – it’s worth it!”
There is a solution to this: a boot stretcher! Most people haven’t heard about this unique tool for boots but I can tell you right now it’s worth investing in – it solves problems.

The tightness to the boot is not the only reason to use a shoe/boot stretcher – There are many reasons. For example, your feet can swell (pregnancy), you could have foot imperfections such as corns, calluses and/or bunions. These issues could ruin a day or an outfit when your shoes don’t fit, but you’ve made up your mind that you really want to wear them today with a specific outfit. (Do you sense my frustration? Read on.)

Shoe/boot stretchers can help widen OR lengthen the shoe/boot. The shoe/boot stretchers come in many different types and styles. The most ideal stretcher would be a two-way stretcher because it opens down the middle to ensure you get the best stretch. The stretcher is great for materials such as leather, suede and other natural materials. The stretchers come with little plugs called corn pieces that can be placed in the oles; according to the area you need extra stretching. Now that we know what the boot/shoe stretcher is, let’s take a look at how this actually functions.

How to use a stretcher:

  1. First you will need to spray the shoe with a shoe stretch spray to dampen the material – this helps stretch the material more.
  2. Then, place the corn pieces in the areas you need extra space (for your bunions or corns, if any).
  3. Place the stretcher into the boot/shoe and make sure it fits snug inside. Feel around the top of the shoe and make sure it’s exactly where you want it to be.
  4. Start turning the handle clockwise. This opens up the toe piece and starts stretching your boot/shoe.
  5. You will need to leave the stretcher in overnight, the longer you leave it in your boot/shoe, the more stretching it will do.
  6. There is no need to purchase two stretchers. The one stretcher can be used in both shoes. You will have to wait a little longer for the stretching process to work, but to speed up the stretching process you can purchase a pair of the stretchers, it’s up to you to make sure you practice this process on an old pair of shoes first.
  7. Over stretching can occur and let’s admit that if this did happen, it would be better if it does on an old pair of shoes!

This process will have to take place again if you have not worn your shoes in a while or for a whole season. This is why it’s a great investment.

Watch the video below to see how this is all done:


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