Shoe Care : How to Stretch Out Leather
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Shoe Care : How to Stretch Out Leather

August 21, 2019


Hi, my name is Mike Summers from Jim The Shoe
Doctor in Eugene, Oregon. We’re going to be talking about stretching shoes today. This
is a stretching machine, this can pull the length of a shoe, or, and the width at the
same time. And it can do a pretty heavy duty shoe, it can crank out a boot. And most of
the time you’re going to be limited to stretching about a half size in length and a full size
in width. Beyond that it’s going to really stress the shoe depending on materials, that’s
usually about the max you can get out of a shoe is a half size in length and a full size
in width. We have a number of different types of stretchers. This stretcher stretches the
instep of a shoe and what that stretcher looks like is this right here, and this actually
lifts up and stretches that instep of the shoe, or the vamp of a shoe. And these are width stretchers. Now a stretcher
like this, you would simply slide into a shoe and crank that up and once you’ve got some
stress on the shoe, you would apply a stretching solution. And you can make a stretching solution
yourself using basically about a three to one, three parts water, one part isoprophyl
alcohol to make your own stretching solution. And you can even do that when you’re wearing
shoes if you just spray them down and wear them until they dry, and a lot of times that
will help a shoe to fit much better. Once you’ve put a stretcher in a shoe and you’ve
got some stress on it, you would actually go ahead and spray the shoe down, which my
spray is not working real well, so you’d spray the shoe down and then you would continue
to crank that up until you’ve achieved where you’d want to stop the stretch. And it’s best
to do in little, not to take too much of a stretch at once because you don’t want to
over-stress a shoe. When you apply that stretching solution, that will let the leather relax
and give, and then when it dries it will hold that position. We also have calf stretchers
for like these really tall boots. And this actually will stretch the calf of a boot,
and this one you just twist, just like the other stretchers, twist up twist down, and
it expands the entire calf of a boot. Now the stretchers will come in all sorts of different
shapes and sizes, so from real small ones to really big ones to fit most any kind of
shoe. And that’s pretty much how you would stretch a shoe.

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  1. Ive tried this and it worked great. i found a wooden stretcher at yard sale and used the alcohol solution for my daughters skate athletic shoes.

  2. I like it good information, thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like only leather shoes because leather streaches and will eventually get confortable. but If I can get confortable before I wear them even better

  3. My walking boots hurt around both sides of the ankle joint on both shoes. What would you recommend I use to stretch the boots around the ankles? They are perfectly comfortable everywhere else, including the calves. It's just around the ankles where there seems to be a problem.

  4. Freaking awesome! I found a brand new pair of Nick's boot in a yard sale for $20, but they are a size smaller, hopefully my local cobbler has the equipment to stretch out my boots a bit.

  5. i have a question would this work on leather soccer cleats, i recently bought a pair 9 im 9.5 and i bought them nine but there are a kind of tight. so i was wondering would this work for leather cleats?

  6. would you recommend ice (as in freezing a bag of water) as a method for stretching a boot calf made of 4mm thick raw leather

  7. dude easy thing take rubbing alcohol and put some of it inside the shoe enough to make the shoe wet if you do not have shoes gadgets or the stretcher take a Glass Bottle( Coco cola) ones , the one I used and if you desire wrap around some fabric around the bottle also depending how much space you need. It takes about a day then ready. Try to use the shoes around your house to break the leather then it after few days is ready to use anytime anywhere. ( I did this with my TACKHEAD 10 INCH BOOT).

  8. I pay $15 for spry stretcher and it was just alcohol with water for 4 oz bottle now I put one part alcohol and 3 part water and it work perfectly thank you for your video

  9. I use the wooden stretcher. My solution is slightly different. I use 3 parts single malt and 1 tsp water. Stretch the shoe and enjoy the single malt.

  10. What about stretching the length of a size 14 leather boot…….with a composite safety toe? Not a lot of length, but the front inside corner of my big toes touch a little bit, after several hours (so increasing width of toebox would help also).Can this be done? I'm guessing 1/4 size would do it. They're Magnums. Thanks.

  11. Because of your very detailed information… I bought a good width stretcher, made my own solution & WALA!! I can now comfortably wear my boots. Thank You!!

  12. They stretch but if you don't wear them for a long time they shrink back. I'll try a stretch solution next time… after my blister heals.

  13. Is putting leather or suede shoes in the freezer bad for them? Yeah…I've been watching DIY and one was to put a bag of water in the toe box of a heel and free to stretch bit I'm scared to ruin them!! Help!!

  14. On the chance that anyone is still out here…. just bought a beautiful pair of well-made boots needing a little stretch where the toes meet the foot- don't want to spray with solution and risk ruining the finish…

    does a blow dryer blasted at 30 second increments while the boot is on the foot- alowing to cool in between… does anyone have experience with that method on genuine leather? Just need a little stretch to accommodate a bent-healed break in my toe.

  15. Don't use the alcohol spray to stretch your patent leather shoes if you care about the color/polish. Just did this to new Bass Weejuns and it messed up the color. Now they look dull.

  16. So I can stretch my boots about an inch longer to to hit the very tip of my big toes? I’m going to have to try this!! Thank you!

  17. My Clarks Chalsea boots has some pressure point at the instep. I bought size US-7.5 I think I should have buy a US-8.5 instead. But the pressure only felt after 1 hour of wearing, I can't be wearing it that long at the shop.
    Is it possible to stretch the instep a size bigger? The rest of the boot feel perfectly fine.

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