RubriqueHow to Stretch Out Shoes in Large Sizes - 5 Smart Tips

Do you also find it difficult to find shoes that fit perfectly right away? Here we share our best tips on how to stretch out shoes in large sizes for optimal fit and comfort.

The Challenge of Finding Shoes in the Right Size

We at Grand Shoes know how frustrating it can be to find stylish shoes in large sizes that also fit perfectly. Even if you find the right length, the shoes can often feel tight over the toes and insteps. But don't worry - there are several smart ways to stretch out shoes to get that perfect fit!

Before we dive into the different methods, it's important to note that all shoes have different properties. Materials like leather and suede are often easier to give and mold to the foot, while synthetic materials can be more resistant. However, regardless of the material, there is always the possibility to influence the fit.

1. Use Wooden or Plastic Shoe Stretchers

One of the most effective ways to stretch out shoes is to use special shoe stretchers. These come in different sizes and designs, but they all have a shape that resembles a foot. By placing shoe stretchers in the shoes overnight, you can gradually stretch them out where needed.

For best results, choose shoe stretchers that are slightly larger than your own foot. This way, you get a more noticeable stretch. However, be careful not to overdo it - stretching too much can completely ruin the fit of the shoe.

2. Try the Hair Dryer Method

Another well-known trick is to use a hair dryer to soften and expand the shoe material. This method is best suited for leather and suede shoes. Here's how:

  • Put on a pair of thick socks and slip on the shoes
  • Heat up the areas that feel tight using the hair dryer for 20-30 seconds
  • Bend and stretch your feet while the shoes are still warm
  • Let the shoes cool on your feet

Repeat the treatment as needed until the desired fit is achieved. Be careful not to overheat the material - keep the dryer at a safe distance and keep it moving at all times.

3. Try Using Newspaper

An old tried and true housewife trick is to fill the shoes with damp newspaper. As the paper dries, it will expand and gently stretch the shoe from the inside. This is a gentle method that works for most shoe materials.

Lightly dampen the newspaper and stuff it into the shoes. Make sure to fill it out properly, especially in areas like the toes and insteps. Let the shoes dry at room temperature overnight. Remove the paper and try on the shoes. Repeat if necessary.

4. Invest in a Shoe Stretching Spray

There are special sprays on the market designed to soften shoe materials and make them more pliable. These work best on leather and suede, but can also have some effect on synthetic materials.

Spray the inside of the shoes where it feels tight and massage the liquid into the material. Then put on the shoes and walk around so that they mold to your foot. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.

Tip! Feel free to combine the spray with other methods such as shoe stretchers or hair dryers for maximum effect.

5. Take the Shoes to a Cobbler

If none of the above works, it may be worth turning to a professional cobbler. They have access to special tools and machines that can stretch even the most stubborn shoes.

A cobbler can also advise on which materials and models are best suited for your foot shape. Maybe they can even make minor adjustments to the shoe to give you optimal fit.

Find Shoes that Fit from the Start

Although most shoes can be stretched, it's of course always best to find a pair that fits perfectly right away. We at Grand Shoes specialize in shoes in large sizes and know how important the right fit is.

In our range, you will find a wide selection of stylish shoes from size 46 up to 55. Whether you are looking for stylish everyday shoes, comfortable walking shoes or elegant party shoes, we have something for you. Our goal is that no one should have to compromise on style or comfort due to large shoe size.

So the next time you buy shoes, remember to stop by Grand Shoes first. With our expertise and large selection, your chances of finding your dream shoes increase significantly. And should they not fit perfectly right away, you now have the tools to fine-tune the fit yourself. That way, you can enjoy stylish, well-fitting shoes every day - just as you deserve!