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There's almost nothing more difficult to manage than an uncomfortable pair of beautiful shoes. It's tough because it's one of those few situations in which you will invariably choose hours of pain for beauty.

BUT it doesn't have to be that way!!

At Shoes of Prey you can tell us how you'd like your shoes made - a little wider across the toes, or perhaps a little narrower around the heel - so we can prevent these problems from happening with your shoes. But regardless of this, you probably have a few of those uncomfortable beautiful shoes in the cupboard, or potentially you're beautiful new Shoes of Prey shoes need just a little bit more width, so I thought I'd share a few shoe-stretching techniques with you.

Ok so the first isn't so much of a technique as a suggestion - you can have your shoes stretched overnight by your local cobbler. Here in Australia this will set you back by about $15. If you don't have a cobbler you usually use and you're in Australia try looking up your local Mister Minit. Additionally, at Shoes of Prey we'll reimburse you for the cost if you need to visit the cobbler with a pair of our shoes.

The second tip comes from a YouTube video by Michelle Phan that I saw a little while back, based on the principle of water expanding when frozen. Basically you fill up watertight bags with water, put them inside the toes of the shoes and then put them in the freezer overnight. As the water expands, it will gently stretch your shoes. For a comprehensive tutorial checkout the video here.

Thirdly is a cute one that my cousin Belinda shared with me. We made her wedding shoes for her wedding a couple of weeks back and in the lead up to the big day Belinda undertook some of her own shoe stretching at home to make sure these shoes were a perfect fit. As you can see here, she's simply selected some bottles that are (kind of) foot shaped, wrapped them in something soft (face washers) and pushed them into the toes of the shoes. Belinda tells me she left them overnight and It worked a treat :)

How have you stretched your shoes in the past? any hints and tips?

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Posted by on 20 October 2010.