How to break in shoes? 3 safe methods that will not damage them!


How many times have you happened to buy a pair of shoes in a hurry and find after wearing them that they are too small for you? Or order them online and meet your exact requirements? Fortunately, if it is about leather shoes and if the difference is not very big (for example two numbers) you can resort to some tricks to help you enlarge them without damaging them. Next, we will present some effective methods for men's shoes or for women's shoes, made of natural leather.

Using a shoe tree

The simplest, safest and most effective way to widen leather shoes is to use a shoe tree kit. Thus, the shoes will be loosened gradually, without subjecting the skin to various shocks (mechanical, thermal or chemical) and there is no risk of it deteriorating. All you have to do is choose a wooden shoe tree, which you can leave for a few days before wearing your shoes for the first time. Usually, you need to repeat the procedure a few times, but if you want to wear the shoes the next day, you can let it work again overnight, and the effect will be maintained.

Special solutions

If you do not want to wait too long, you can use a special solution that you can buy from specialty stores. It is specially created for widening leather shoes and is found either in the form of foam or spray. Just apply the solution, put on your shoes and you will notice how the skin becomes malleable and takes the shape of the foot. Thus, you will be able to enjoy the right shoes for you, without making other compromises.

Moisturizer and socks

Being a natural skin, it will react immediately to an emollient cream, which will soften it and make it more malleable. It is important to choose a moisturizer as simple as possible in the ingredients, without perfume or alcohol (you can find many options even in supermarkets) to apply in a fairly thick layer inside. However, first it is good to test the product on a small area and see if it does not cause discoloration. After applying the cream, leave it on for a few hours and put on a pair of slightly thicker socks for a while. Wear your shoes around the house for a few hours and you will see the difference.

We hope our tips help you!


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