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Shoe Stretcher

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by af1snaikboi, May 13, 2008.

  1. af1snaikboi

    af1snaikboi Senior Member

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    Im looking to stretch a pair of AE's i bought on ebay, the width mostly but the length by a bit as well. Would any over the counter pair of shoe stretchers work? ive seen a few that look like shoe trees but with knobs to stretch them.

    If anyone could reccomend me a decent type id appreciate it
     


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    length stretching doesn't seem very feasible, i would definitely take it to a cobbler instead of a DIY.
     


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    length stretching doesn't seem very feasible, i would definitely take it to a cobbler instead of a DIY.


    +1 My cobbler said stretching the length is near impossible. If you decide to try it yourself, you'll need the ointment as well.
     


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    +1 My cobbler said stretching the length is near impossible. If you decide to try it yourself, you'll need the ointment as well.
    It's actually a thin liquid--seems much like alcohol. And, yes, you should always use this when stretching shoes. (Hint: shoot the liquid onto the leather from the inside. It's a lot harder to do, but doesn't run the risk of messing up the exterior finish.) Some of these stretching fluids suggest, in the instructions, just soaking the leather and wearing the shoes so that they stretch from your feet being in them. You could go to a cobbler. I've done it both ways, and if the necessary stretching is minimal, I've found that the DIY method worked fine.
     


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    Kugo foot fitter is the width witch for me.
     


  8. af1snaikboi

    af1snaikboi Senior Member

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    How much would a cobbler charge to stretch the width a bit.

    Would i be able to go to any shoemaker ? (zinks shoe repair maybe)
     


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    Here is a remedy I was told about by an old cobbler. Take two sturdy ziplock bags, double bag them, place them inside your shoes and fill your shoe with water. Place your shoes in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and expand to stretch your shoes. Care must be taken, as this can split the seams on cheap shoes. When all else fails, this method of stretching can make a remarkable difference.

    Advice from the neighborhood butler
     


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    Here is a remedy I was told about by an old cobbler. Take two sturdy ziplock bags, double bag them, place them inside your shoes and fill your shoe with water. Place your shoes in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and expand to stretch your shoes. Care must be taken, as this can split the seams on cheap shoes. When all else fails, this method of stretching can make a remarkable difference.

    Advice from the neighborhood butler


    Fascinating and terrifying. What if the ziploc breaks?
     


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    Fascinating and terrifying. What if the ziploc breaks?

    And how do get the bag, especially double bags, to really fill out the shoe evenly. Count me dubious.
     


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    Fascinating and terrifying. What if the ziploc breaks?


    And how would you contain the freezing water from just flowing out the ankle? Water has to be somewhat contained to exert pressure as it freezes. Ever freeze an open bottle of water? The ice flows out the top.
     


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    Here is a remedy I was told about by an old cobbler. Take two sturdy ziplock bags, double bag them, place them inside your shoes and fill your shoe with water. Place your shoes in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and expand to stretch your shoes. Care must be taken, as this can split the seams on cheap shoes. When all else fails, this method of stretching can make a remarkable difference.

    Advice from the neighborhood butler


    Cool, a friend of mine told me the story. It was the guy who buyed shoes is size 7 and sold them in size 9.
     


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    I think a more effective extension of the ziploc bag idea is to find a cadaver, fill it with water ... and well you can figure out the rest.
     


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    o.0 lol

    so any reply to how much it would set me back at a cobbler
     


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