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Stretching Tight Boots and Shoes

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I have really big muscular calves and wide feet (thanks, Mum!), making it very hard for me to fit into shoes I fancy. I bought these suede boots and pumps online because they were dirt cheap and super cute. When they arrived, not surprisingly, I could not fit into them.


I was able to stretch them with this solution:
Mix 3 parts water to 1 part isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Dampen a clean rag or cotton ball with the mixture and generously rub on the inside of your boot or shoe. Try them on again, slowly they will stretch out. Leave them on for a bit. You may have to do this process one more time. Ta-da! Happy feet!

By attosa from Los Angeles, CA

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August 25, 20120 found this helpful

Where did you get those boots, I love them!

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August 25, 20121 found this helpful

Thank you! Do a search on "Bandit Knee High Boots" - that's what they are called. I got them for $15 :)

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December 4, 20120 found this helpful

What were your boots made of? I just bought two pair of MIA boots and they only sip up about half way. I don't want to ruin them with the chance of maybe returning them. Do you think this would work?

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January 24, 20160 found this helpful

It really works!! Thanks for the tip 

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September 6, 20160 found this helpful

does this work on any zip up boot or any material boot?

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December 7, 20160 found this helpful

I've tried it on SO MANY types-- all good.

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January 7, 20170 found this helpful

Do you have a video on how to do it?

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September 14, 20170 found this helpful

Another process is to put the rubbing alcohol in a small fine spray squirt bottle and spray in on the tight areas on the outside of the shoe. It will stretch the shoe as you walk or wear them. Alcohol is what professionals use because it causes the leather to stretch. It does not harm the shoe in any way.

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