The Most Amazing Fashion Hack

how to stretch leather shoes that are too tight

I am a devout online shopper. I mean, I thrive in the retail world in general, but I find some ridiculously-good deals online. That being said, sometimes my much-anticipated purchases arrive and I find that… well… they don’t quite fit.

Case in point – I bought these suede flats with ruffles last week for $38.88, but the additional 40% off code I used made them final sale. I ALWAYS wear a 6.5 in flats so I thought it would be a certain success. But then they came and while I could put them on, I knew that they were so snug, wearing them out would certainly lead to permanent foot damage! So I combed the internet and came across a post on The Guardian via Sian Berry that has changed my life – how to stretch or break in leather shoes that are too tight in 20 seconds. You’ll need a pair of socks (preferably with Boston Terriers on them:) and a hairdryer.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Put on the socks and squish them into your tight shoes.
  2. Turn on the hair dryer and aim the warm air at the snug areas while flexing your feet, standing on your tippy toes, etc for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Turn off the hair dryer and let the shoes cool (while still wearing them).
  4. Take off your socks and try the shoes on without them. And if you still need more give, just repeat steps 1-4!

Pretty easy, right???  :)

Jeffrey Campbell shoes (they are no longer too tight!) also available in blush
Forever 21 socks (similar here and here)

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