How to stretch shoes that are too tight

Ok ladies I think we have all done it bought that pair of shoes we really just had to have but they are just a wee bit too small!

Well even if you haven’t, I have to say I certainly have! I had to have these awesome pair of shoes from Worthington at JCPenny’s and they just went perfectly with my outfit!

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Photo courtesy of JCPenny

So I bought them even though I knew one shoe was really hurting in the store! But I had. had. had. to have them that day! {I had an event to wear them too and could not order a larger size online}

So how to stretch them?

At first, I started wearing them around the house while I vacuumed! {I know my inner Mrs Cleaver came out!} But I realized they were still too tight and how was I going to wear these new loves when I could not even keep them on very long at home! ugh! {No, taking them back was not an option!}

So I decided to get clever and here is the crazy thing I did!

1) I filled a sandwich bag 1/4 of the way with water

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2) I stuffed the bag of water inside the shoe {make sure you use a good plastic bag here so no water leaks out}


3) I then put the shoe in the freezer {yes I said freezer}. Place the bag of water inside the shoe and push into place so that it fills your shoe. Place your shoe in the freezer, and let it sit until the water freezes, or overnight. As the water freezes, it will expand into your shoe, gently stretching. {yes I only did one shoe because the other shoe fit fine. I broke a toe years ago and one foot always has to be different then the other lol obviously you do this to both shoes if they are both too tight}

4) Remove from the freezer and let the ice thaw for about 20 minutes before trying to remove the bags. Carefully remove the bag of water and wipe any water off of the shoe both inside and out.

5)Try the shoes on again to see how the shoes fit and repeat if needed. {Mine was fine the first time}

{Please use your discretion as to whether or not to use them on an expensive pair of shoes.}

I was not sure it would work but it did! So next time you just have to have that pair of shoes, this just may be the ticket to get them to stretch out a little!

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Until next time,

Enjoy your day, your family, and your home!❤


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39 thoughts on “How to stretch shoes that are too tight

  1. I will never forget one of my teacher’s in high school telling us a story of wearing new heels with thick socks around the house and how her husband wondered what in the world she was doing. I’ve always meant to try it. Your idea makes total sense…I’ll have to try that one too.


  2. NO WAY!!! I needed this tip! I am somewhere between a 6.5 and a 7 but no matter what I can’t get them to fit right….I have fat feet i guess🙂 This may keep me from returning so many pairs of shoes!


  3. This is awesome! I am going to try this…I have a few pairs that just seem smaller (don’t they say that your feet grow with each baby?) and I just haven’t been able to part with them! Thanks for the tip!🙂


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  7. I’ve needed this my whole life…and as we speak I’m sitting here with blisters on one toe because I wore new shoes that are a little snug all day yesterday…I’m going to try this right NOW!! Thanks for linking up at Give Me the Goods Link Party!!!


  8. I commented previously but just HAD to come back to tell you I tried this and am so happy it actually worked! A great big thank you for sharing this. But you should have seen the look on my boyfriend’s face when he opened the freezer and found my shoes – LMAO!

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer


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