So I bought some new shoes a few weeks ago to wear for my reunion. Cute little bright coral sandals. Unfortunately Herberger’s did not have them in a wide width, and they were $40 cheaper there than online. SOooo, I decided to see if I could have them stretched. I thought about taking them to a cobbler. But then I thought, that defeated the purpose of not ordering the wide widths online. So I googled. (seriously, how many magazines did our mothers have to read to find all these handy little tricks we can access in a matter of minutes – on demand!)
- Take a zippered sandwich bag.
- Fill it 1/4 – 1/3 full of water.
- Put it in your shoe.
- Place in freezer overnight.
- The water will expand as it freezes and stretch your shoe.
- In the morning, remove your shoe, let thaw a little (just enough to pull the bag of ice out)
- Put on your shoe.
- Repeat if you need more.
I wouldn’t recommend this for just any type of shoe. Mine was a leather sandal. Canvas would probably work too. Pleather or man-made uppers, probably not. Plus you would also maybe have to worry about them cracking in the cold. Also expensive shoes, I wouldn’t. Mine were $23, and I was willing to take the risk. Fairly certain I will do this again, especially when I find bargain shoes that are just a teensy too tight.