Tips for "wearing in" a new pair of loafers?

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by lilmann40, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. lilmann40

    lilmann40 Senior member

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    Mar 19, 2010
    Hey all. I have a pair of loafers that fits a bit tight. I've now worn them to work about 3 times and each day, by the end of the day, as they say, my dogs are barking big time. Specifically the top of my foot is very tight.

    Any advice/tips on how to wear loosen them up? I'm going to try wearing them around the house for like an hour at a time (instead of all day at work), but I figure that will be a much slower process. I was reading that cobblers can help loosen them up...anyone have experience with that?

  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Cobblers with the proper equipment can stretch the shoes about half a size. Try that.

  3. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

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    Sep 26, 2013
    Easiest is to get a cobbler or if its a decent shop you bought them from then they can do it for you.

    Outside of that you can buy shoe stretching tools that look like shoe trees but with a mechanism to enlarge them which are best combined with a mechanism to soften the leather slightly in the problem areas like mink oil.

    The non-equipment mechanism is to wear a couple of extra pairs of socks and put up with the pain to stretch/break them in
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2016

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