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The Secrets of Shoe Stretching before your Race Day

Fashions on the Field is a long drawn out process.

You have to arrive early.

Line up to register.

Line up for heats (and this can take ages if it’s a popular event).

Wait backstage for the finals (this can take longer than waiting in line for the heats!)

Line up for your spot on the catwalk.

That’s a lot of waiting and lining up! And it’s all done on your feet.

So…..comfortable shoes are a necessity not an option.

Of course, we all know that the prettiest shoes are just not comfy. But you can make them that way with a few simple secrets.

A Professional Stretch

Have your local cobbler stretch them overnight for you. This usually costs around $15.

Depending on the material of your shoe they can be stretched from half a size up to a whole size up. I had this done last year and it was well worth the money.

Stretch them with socks

Wear your heels with socks. Use a regular everyday sock not too thin or thick and wear them around the house for a few days until they feel comfortable.

Freeze them bigger

Half fill a medium-sized zip lock bag with water. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it tight.

Stuff the bag into the shoes all the way to the toes. You may need two bags depending on your shoe size.

Place the shoes into the freezer. Water expands as it freezes so it will gently stretch out your shoe. 

Once the water is frozen remove the bags and try on your new shoes! Ingenious!

Heat them bigger

Use a blow dryer to heat up the inside leather of your shoes then put them on with a pair of socks.

Then heat the tight areas some more. Flex your feet and rock forward and back to stretch the shoe.

Be careful though heat can weaken glue so use caution with vintage shoes. And please don’t burn your feet….

Get a grip

Another handy tip is to rough the bottom of your heels up. New shoes tend to be a bit slippery and the last thing you want is to slip on the catwalk!

Use sandpaper or rub the bottom of your shoes on some gravel to give them a little bit of grip.


Chat soon Milano

Re-posted article written by Milano Website 

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