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Stretching shoes? 
14th-May-2014 08:20 pm

Hi,

I was thinking if any of you guys have had any succes stretching shoes at home to make them a size or so bigger? I purchased a pair of shoes from An Tai Na in my own size, but they're about a size too small. I've had this problem with a pair of Bodyline shoes before. I brougth those to a professional and even tried stretching them at home with the "icebag" method, but to no luck.

Now I'm here again, with a pair of shoes that I really don't want to have to sell.

Do you have any magic tips?

Comments 
14th-May-2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
I have always used the icebag method (especially with theatre shoes) with success but I don't think that will help you stretch them a whole size. I would maybe try posting a trade offer to see if someone has the next size up. You'll probably be better off parting with your current pair and buying/trading for the next size up.
14th-May-2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
It really depends on the type of the shoes.
If it's something with soft end (like winter shoes or tea parties), I would try this: http://blog.shoemetro.com/images/how-to-stretch-shoes.jpg or something similar. You should find these shoes stretchers in some local shoe shop maybe? I don't know, we have few of them at home, my mum used to stretch her high heels with them.
But if the material is hard, I don't know if it would be possible. I have this pair of shoes from bodyline http://www.bodyline.co.jp/bodyline/photos/shoes160-2.jpg?1/4/2012%2011:41:05%20AM and it would be almost impossible to stretch them...
14th-May-2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
They´re more like the last pair :/ I'm gonna try and see, if I can get a professional to do it, then. And this time I'll let them know I had trouble the last time, and ask if he's completely sure he can do it. In that case I can complain if it's not working..
14th-May-2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would be the best I think :)
14th-May-2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm not sure about synthetic leather. I've stretched slightly tight leather shoes by wearing thick bulky winter socks, placing my foot in the shoe, and applying heat with a hair dryer, but I think synthetic materials just don't have that kind of give, and could even melt. Best of luck, though.
15th-May-2014 05:06 am (UTC)
Most lolita shoes are synthetic leather so you really shouldn't try to stretch them...they'll just tear.
15th-May-2014 05:17 am (UTC)
I weren't sure what material they were actually :) Thank you. I'll let the shoemaker know, and ask him what he can do. I wouldn't wanna tear them..
18th-May-2014 07:55 am (UTC)
If you can fit your feet into them they will stretch with wear.

Mine were a little bit small but they're fine now.

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