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?
Not a good idea. There are many toxic chemicals in laundry softener sheets, a/k/a dryer sheets, and by adding alcohol and water you will make a carrier that will help those chemicals be absorbed into your skin, whether you wear the shoes at the same time, or later. Please look up toxic chemicals and dryer sheets - I'm constantly posting on Thrifty Fun against using those things, especially on one's skin, child's skin, pets' faces or fur, behind fans, etc.
Here's a link to my post from Jan 2013 about this:
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.
70% rubbing alcohol 1/4 cup
glycerine 1 tbsp
liquid softener 1cap full
water 2 cups warm
* mix all ingredients in a spray bottle while waters still warm stay problem areas on shoe while wearing or stuff shoe with a white sock and spray. let dry, repeat as needed til you achieve comfort.
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.
Dampen a bar of soap with water, rub it on the inside of the shoe, then put the shoe on your foot. Repeat as necessary until the shoe has stretched enough.
How do I make shoe stretcher spray?
By Joe from NY
I worked in the shoe business for over 30 years. You can make shoe stretch by combining equal parts rubbing alcohol and water, BUT the most important thing is the stretcher itself. You have to soak the leather until thoroughly wet then use a form inside of the wet leather to stretch where needed. We used an old wooden shoe form that would spread apart as we turned a screw. It had attachments for bunions areas and etc. Unless you have a good mechanical stretcher, no liquid will work. I've heard of people spraying the shoe and then trying to wear it to make it stretch- it will not work! It'll actually compress the leather (and your foot) and make the shoe smaller! (And hard to get off!) Hope this helps.
Use body lotion. I have had good luck using body lotion or hand lotion to rub into the inside of the shoe where it needs to be stretched, then wearing it. Wearing thicker socks also helps. I have a two way shoe stretcher which works well for length and width but if the shoe is tight in the vamp/instep, the shoe stretcher doesn't work there. So I just work a liberal amount of lotion inside the shoe all around the whole area that is tight. The shoe stretcher does not widen the toe or raise the toe either, so I dampen a wad of tissue, wedge it in just right, and then force it with the shoe stretcher for a day or two to dry.
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!
What can be used to stretch out fabric/non-leather tennis shoes without staining them?
By KB from Indianapolis, IN
Fabric won't stretch, you'll end up thinning the fibers and getting holes. A synthetic leather shoe or a leather shoe can be stretched with a broom handle and elbow grease
How do I make shoe stretching spray?
This may sound a little bizarre! Soak and then wring out, a pair of socks, with rubbing alcohol. Put these socks on your feet. Then put on the too tight shoes, and wear the shoes for at least an hour. This should stretch your shoes!
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.