What if your beautiful and elegant wedding shoes seemed incredibly comfortable during your first fitting, but now you’ve tried them on at home and understand that they are causing discomfort. Either they rub, or they put a lot of pressure on a part of your foot - there are many ways, and all of them are painful. Shoes need to be comfortable, and they need to be comfortable in advance, not in the evening before the ceremony. Today we share with you the most proven methods that will help you to break in your shoes.
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Keep in mind that shoes made from genuine, non-patent leather are best broken in through wear, and shoes made from other materials, such as suede or eco-leather, require a more delicate approach. In order not to risk it, it is better to consult with the shop specialists about them.
Wear socks with them
Most likely, this is the first solution that springs to mind - indeed, such a simple method is familiar to everyone, and your friends, mothers and grandmothers will easily confirm its effectiveness. Put on thick cotton socks (sometimes even two pairs at once), and then the shoes, walking around the house, breaking in your shoes. We warn you right away that you won't be able to stretch the pair too much, but you can definitely make them feel noticeably more comfortable.
Hint: Friends may advise you to wear out your shoes by moistening them from the inside with vodka or beer, but if the shoes are dear to you, we advise you not to risk using alcohol. It is better to replace them with special stretching sprays that can be found in shoe stores - they make the material more flexible without deforming it.
Use a hair dryer
This method is similar to the previous one, but slightly revised - it is suitable for those who need to break in their shoes properly. Put on your shoes with thick socks, but now use a hairdryer to help: direct the hot air to the hardest parts of the shoe that need to be stretched, whilst moving your toes and feet.
Hint: Do not take off your shoes until they are completely cool, otherwise you won’t see the effects.
Give them to the workshop
If you don’t have the time or patience to go through the motions of thick socks and hairdryers, trust the professionals and take your favorite pair to the workshop. There, your shoes will be stretched with special spacers, having been previously moistened using a suitable solution.
Hint: Please note that in this case there is a risk that the shoes are stretched too much - experts may overdo it. Therefore, we advise you to only contact the workshop if the shoes are really tight and you can't fix it yourself.