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Do shoes shrink back?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by PinkestFlamingo, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. PinkestFlamingo

    PinkestFlamingo Active Member

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    Hi there,

    Has anyone ever had a pair of shoes stretched only for them to shrink back after a while? Think it might have happened to a pair of mine that I only wear in the summer. Just curious.
     
  2. razl

    razl Senior member

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    Absolutely, and my cobbler warned me of this when I had them stretched - noting that keeping them stretched by wearing them and proper shoes trees would help them maintain their new proportions, but it takes a long time - maybe never - for it to be permanent.

    They were a pair of C&J Ludlow boots and I only needed one pair stretched about 1/4 of an inch. Afterwards, if I wore them somewhat regularly (say, once a week-to-10 days) they stayed mostly in their stretched state. But if I went a period without wearing them, like in our warmest months, they would shrink back. Not entirely to their original state, but close. About exactly as my cobbler predicted.
     
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  3. rbhan12

    rbhan12 Senior member

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    Glue some cork strips or something to your shoe trees to take push where you need and help keep the proportions. Worked great for me.
     
  4. PinkestFlamingo

    PinkestFlamingo Active Member

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    Glad I'm not going bonkers - the only time I'd had a pair stretched before was with some C&J boots, and the change was permanent. Upsizing the shoe trees sounds like a plan.
     
  5. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Leather has sort of an elastic tendency. A slight memory. It's always best to wear your shoes around the house or office for a few hours before going out for the day (or evening) after they were stretched. While your foot is in the shoe and flexing the leather it is loosening the grain. This will aid in making the stretching permanent. Also, wearing them around the house will avoid the possibility of you going out for the day and half way through you realize your shoes are still to tight.
    Last, it's always best to have your shoes stretched using liquid stretch before they go into the stretching machine. That makes the leather more playable and the stretching more permanent.
     
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  6. razl

    razl Senior member

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    As someone who has had a his shoes cared for (albeit not stretched) by Nick at B. Nelson, his info above is solid.
     

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