Leather shoes can often be stretched using a liquid shoe stretch product. You can save money by making your own with products you probably have around the house. This is a guide about homemade liquid shoe stretch.
I am about to try this, but thought I'd share it meanwhile. From what I've read here, I think I'll try dipping a laundry softener sheet into 1/3 rubbing alcohol and 2/3 water mixture. This will be thin enough to wear a while, but will also carry the stuff mentioned in other recipes here. Maybe I'm on to something?
Do these homemade solutions work on non-leather shoes? I bought a pair for a wedding that have a satin finish on the outside and man-made material inside.
By Rita A.
FYI: a lot of "man-made" materials typically won't stretch very much, i.e.: plastic or "poly-type" materials.
How do I make homemade liquid shoe stretch?
By Carrie D.
What can be used to stretch out fabric/non-leather tennis shoes without staining them?
By KB from Indianapolis, IN
How do I make shoe stretcher spray?
By Joe from NY
You might want to position the stretcher at 90 degrees from the normal position, in the instep, and try opening the stretcher.
We used to use this method on boots purchased by customers who had a high insteps. We also would use a stretching solution, when doing this. Allow the boots to sit overnight, at least. If need be, do multiple times.
Also, make sure your leather has dried, before removing the stretcher, or the leather will want to shrink back to its original shape, and size!
How do I make shoe stretching spray?
1/3 rubbing alcohol to 2 parts water. Put into a spray bottle. Spray then wear shoes as they dry.
This is what is in the expensive sprays.