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

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

  1. lilmann40

    lilmann40 Senior member

    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

    Mar 8, 2002
    Moscow, Idaho
    Cobblers with the proper equipment can stretch the shoes about half a size. Try that.
  3. Astaroth

    Astaroth Senior member

    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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