While new boots are a fall essential, they can seriously hurt your feet. It seems like new boots almost never fit perfectly right out of the box. There’s always some sort of problem: either the calf area is too tight or the toe area is uncomfortable. And how are your supposed to achieve the perfect Pinterest-worthy fall outfit if your boots don’t fit right? No one wants to walk around in boots that are too tight waiting from them to stretch out. Thankfully, there are few ways to make your new boots comfortable right away.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to stretch out new boots is to use a hair dryer to apply heat to the boots. First, put on on the thickest pair of socks that you own. You can layer multiple pairs of socks if needed. Then put on the pair of boots you want to stretch out. Once the boots are on, heat the areas that need stretching with a hair dryer. Make sure you apply heat to each area for at least 30 seconds using the highest heat setting. Flex and stretch your feet inside the boots as you heat them up in order to stretch the leather out further (wikiHow).
It might sound crazy, but you can also use ice to stretch out your boots. First, fill a resealable plastic bag with water. You want to fill the bag one-third to one-half of the way up. Try to remove as much air from the bag as possible. To be safe, wrap the baggie in another plastic bag to prevent it from leaking inside of the shoe. Next, place the bag full of water inside of the shoe. You can position the baggie so that it only stretches out a certain area of the boot. For example, if you only need to stretch out the calf area, stuff the foot of the boot with balls of crumbled newspaper and place the bag of water inside the calf portion (wikiHow). Place the boots in the freezer. As the water freezes, it will expand, stretching the out the boot in the process.
You can also try a spray that is made specifically for stretching shoes. Most of these sprays are safe to use on leather, but you should always test a small area before spraying the whole boot. Simply spray the boots completely with the solution and let it absorb for at least 30 seconds. Then wear the boots around the house to help stretch them out. This process might need to be repeated a few times to effectively stretch out the boots.
If these DIY solutions don’t work, you can also take your boots to a professional cobbler. A cobbler has special tools and machines that they use to stretch out boots. Usually this process is pretty inexpensive. Cobblers also have the ability to adjust the fit of your boots by adding elastic bands or leather panels. So if you’re boots are too tight, don’t stress. There’s plenty of easy ways to stretch them out with out killing your feet.
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