So I should be preparing for the endless amount of tutorials that I have but I just cannot focus, so I thought I'd write a quick how-to before really diving headfirst into work. I bought some flats and having gotten them online, I could not try them and when I did, they were a wee bit tight on the front part of my feet. I really liked the design though, so I scoured the Internet for advice on how to make them bigger, and I found one which I'm gonna share with you now!
It's super duper easy- all you need are:-
1. A pair of thick socks
2. Your flats that you want to stretch out
3. A hairdryer
So how did I go about stretching my shoes? Well...
1. Slip on your socks, and then put your feet into the flats or the shoes you want to stretch out with the socks on. You will probably find that it is quite (or very) tight, but just suffer for a while, it's worth it in the end!
2. Take your hairdryer, aim it at the areas that you want to stretch out, and blast those areas with the hairdryer turned on at a high speed. Wiggle, stretch your feet and flex your toes while doing this to ensure that your shoe is being stretched to the maximum. I did this for about 1 minute for each flat. Also, make sure that you hold the hairdryer about 5-6 inches away from the shoe surface to prevent the heat from damaging the surface.
3. After that, turn off the hairdryer and leave your feet in the shoes/flats until the flats/shoes have completely cooled down. Then, remove your feet, take out the socks, and try your flats on. It should have stretched out about half a size- mine did!
Some things to note:-
1. If you're doing this on leather footwear, make sure to not place the heat too near the shoe surface as it can damage the leather. Applying leather cream on the shoe may help prevent this. The shoes pictured above are leather flats, and I did not use leather cream but I placed the hairdryer a little far from the surface so I would not damage it.
2. I have tried this on mel by Melissa jelly ballet pumps and it did not seem to work. Although I have read that rubber is slightly harder to stretch, and I may need to do it more than once to stretch it out.
3. This method also works for when you want to break into a shoe; it is not only for shoes that are too tight.
So I hope this is helpful! I know now how I will be stretching out my shoes!
Have you tried this method? Did it work for you? What other methods have you tried that worked? I would love to know! =D