How To Stretch New Shoes
by Sam Rogers
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could avoid the rubbing and blistering of new shoes?
Royal couturier Stewart Parvin has spoken about how HRH Queen Elizabeth II sidesteps that issue: “The shoes have to be immediately comfortable,” he told the Evening Standard. “She does get someone to wear them. The Queen can never say ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more.’ She has the right to have someone wear them in.”
While we may not have someone whose sole job it is to break in our shoes, there are ways it can be done without shredding your feet to pieces.
Wear them in a little at a time
The impulse to just wear new shoes out straightaway is sometimes too much to ignore, but if you can fight the temptation (and you should) wear them around the house first – in thick socks, if possible – and begin the wearing-in process.
Spoon straps and backs
Using the back of a spoon, furiously work it into the heel or anywhere a pair of shoes are rubbing. It is essentially mimicking the effect of your foot, but it will make those strappy, tighter places softened up before wearing.
Blast on the hairdryer
Wearing multiple pairs of socks and the shoes in question, hold a hairdryer up to the parts of the shoe that are tightest whilst flexing or moving your feet. This will help stretch them. Just be sure to let the shoes cool with your feet still in them.