How To Use A Shoe Widener
Learning how to use a shoe widener can benefit you in many ways. Stretching a shoe to fit your foot properly will not only make you more comfortable, but it will save you money you would have otherwise spent buying many pairs of shoes until finding some that fit.
To learn how to use a shoe widener, you will need:
- A pair of improperly fitting shoes
- A shoe widener (shoe stretcher)
- Shoe stretcher spray, or rubbing alcohol
- Determine which type of shoe widener, or stretcher, you need. A two-way stretcher will stretch the width and length of a shoe. Some stretchers work on the toe area only, and some on the instep area only. And, shoe wideners are made in different sizes for men and women.
- Purchase a shoe widener at most upscale shoe stores. It may be a good idea to call around until you find a store that sells them.
- A good quality shoe stretcher will come with inserts. These inserts attach to the shoe widener and only stretch certain areas in which you have a bunion or a toe irregularity. Attach your inserts where you need them to stretch your shoe.
- Spray your shoe with the shoe stretcher spray on any area that will come in contact with the stretcher. If you can't find this type of spray, you can make your own by simply pouring rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Using this spray makes learning how to use a show widener easy.
- Insert the shoe widener and checking periodically, wait 24 to 36 hours for the stretching to be complete. Gentle pressure is recommended, as you can over stretch a pair of shoes. Learning how to use a shoe widener takes patience, but the end result will be a great fitting pair of shoes!
- Shoe wideners are recommended for leather shoes only, not man made materials.
- If you are unable to locate a shoe widener, check the Internet, specifically Amazon and eBay.