Streching Shoe Widths
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Or take them in and have them stretched by a pro.
Stretching shoes isn't something I'd plan to do if the toebox was the problem. The width of the midsole doesn't change, and my toes didn't and still don't fit on it so well. The shoes just aren't as comfortable as they should be.
On a pair of boots (polo holland), the stretchers worked to increase the volume under the vamp very well. This operation was well worth the price alone. So if you have loafers or something with midfoot volume issue, this is the ticket.
I'd be careful, I had a pair of suede loafers stretched by a cobbler and they went from looking brand new to looking worn even though the leather itself wasn't visibly damaged. It's hard to describe but you can just tell the shoes have been stretched out and it doesn't look so good to me.
My "professional" Streching method.
1.-Find a shoe tree from your wardrobe wich has more girth/volume at the ball.
2.-Stick firmly some tape/pads adhesive at the points to be streched.
3.-If needed, put in a thin leather insole to push the leather.
4.-Wet the whole shoe (specially the inside area to be streched) with a streching fluid (I used this product in order not to buy more stuff and mixed it with some warm water).
5.-Use a medium thick shock.
6.-Let it rest for 12 hours.
7.-Put on your shoes for 2-3 hours and then...to the streching room again.
8.-Add some more tape if needed and let it rest overnight.
9.-Wear the shoes for 3-4 hours.
10.-Strech them with more pads if needed.
Be patient and do it little by little.