Is it possible to stretch a pair of leather Chanel flats to a half size larger?

Pinkachan

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I'm wondering if this is possible to do? I got a really good deal on a pair of black leather Camellia flats in a 38.5, but sadly they're too small! They'd fit perfectly if they were just a half size larger. Is it possible to stretch them with a shoe stretcher? I've never used one before.
 

kittymoomoo

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What type of leather are they? Maybe if it's lambskin you can, but if they're caviar or calfskin I'm not too sure if you can. I was able to stretch a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps half size by heating with a hair dryer with low/medium heat for about 30 seconds, and then wearing them with thick socks around the house. I did this a few times and it worked perfectly. I also purchased a shoe stretcher from amazon and kept them inside the shoes over night. Hth
 

Pinkachan

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What type of leather are they? Maybe if it's lambskin you can, but if they're caviar or calfskin I'm not too sure if you can. I was able to stretch a pair of Christian Louboutin pumps half size by heating with a hair dryer with low/medium heat for about 30 seconds, and then wearing them with thick socks around the house. I did this a few times and it worked perfectly. I also purchased a shoe stretcher from amazon and kept them inside the shoes over night. Hth

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It's these shoes. They feel soft so I'm guessing lambskin but could be calfskin? I was just researching shoe stretching methods and did read about using a hair dryer and socks as well as putting baggies of water into each shoe and freezing them, but cannot imagine doing that! I think I'll give your method a shot and also look into buying a shoe stretcher.

Thanks for the info! :smile:
 

katiebal

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I stretch my own shoes all of the time using the wooden shoe stretchers ( you can find them at Amazon or wherever). Before I starting doing my own shoes, I would take them to a cobbler and they would stretch them. If you do it yourself, just make sure to put down a light piece of foam or a cloth to protect the foot bed ( the stretcher will often times leave an imprint on the inside leather of the shoe if you don't put down a light barrier). Also, I have heard there are sprays you can spray in your shoe and it stretches it out as you wear the shoe. The shoe stretchers work great though- I have a foot that is about half a size smaller than the other, and this always seems to work well for me.
 

gail13

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I recently bought one of the sprays to make a pair of Vivier shoes a little larger and it worked. I will usually ask the shoe dept to stretch one shoe for me as my feet are a whole size different from each other and sometimes I have to buy the smaller size-they will always do it for me at no charge. Chanel flats are lined with leather, so they should stretch....
 

kittymoomoo

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It's these shoes. They feel soft so I'm guessing lambskin but could be calfskin? I was just researching shoe stretching methods and did read about using a hair dryer and socks as well as putting baggies of water into each shoe and freezing them, but cannot imagine doing that! I think I'll give your method a shot and also look into buying a shoe stretcher.

Thanks for the info! :smile:

Wow these are adorable, I don't blame you for getting them :smile: it looks like lambskin, so I think half size is possible. Keep us posted on your outcome. Best of luck dear !!!
 

Pinkachan

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I saw a post on Feather Factor about stretching Chanel flats that were a half size too small. Here's the link: http://www.featherfactor.com/2011/03/what-i-go-through-for-the-perfect-fitting-shoe.html

Appreciate the link! The sock method seems to be popular, so will def. try it out.

I stretch my own shoes all of the time using the wooden shoe stretchers ( you can find them at Amazon or wherever). Before I starting doing my own shoes, I would take them to a cobbler and they would stretch them. If you do it yourself, just make sure to put down a light piece of foam or a cloth to protect the foot bed ( the stretcher will often times leave an imprint on the inside leather of the shoe if you don't put down a light barrier). Also, I have heard there are sprays you can spray in your shoe and it stretches it out as you wear the shoe. The shoe stretchers work great though- I have a foot that is about half a size smaller than the other, and this always seems to work well for me.

Really appreciate the tips! I read about the spray as well but was a little apprehensive about it possibly damaging the inside of the shoe? Am I being too paranoid? .. haha.

I recently bought one of the sprays to make a pair of Vivier shoes a little larger and it worked. I will usually ask the shoe dept to stretch one shoe for me as my feet are a whole size different from each other and sometimes I have to buy the smaller size-they will always do it for me at no charge. Chanel flats are lined with leather, so they should stretch....

I usually have no issues with shoe tightness. I generally wear a 39 in Chanel flats, but was hoping this particular pair would somehow run a little larger than a 38.5. It was wishful thinking on my part, but had to give them a shot since I've had my eye on them for months and they're MIB purchased secondhand.

Wow these are adorable, I don't blame you for getting them :smile: it looks like lambskin, so I think half size is possible. Keep us posted on your outcome. Best of luck dear !!!

Thanks! And yes, I'll be sure to give an update of my results! :smile:
 

Pinkachan

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So I've come to the sad truth that these are just too small for me. :sad: I didn't bother trying to stretch them w/ a shoe stretcher or any other method b/c I worried I could compromise the integrity of the shoe by trying to make them fit AND I want someone else who wears a true 38.5 to be able to enjoy them. I'm so bummed as I looked so long for these AND they were a final sale. I hate the process of reselling! >_<

Anyway, I wanted to thank everyone for your input and suggestions! I will definitely make use of the info in the future!

My hunt for a sz 39 continues!
 

kittymoomoo

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So I've come to the sad truth that these are just too small for me. :sad: I didn't bother trying to stretch them w/ a shoe stretcher or any other method b/c I worried I could compromise the integrity of the shoe by trying to make them fit AND I want someone else who wears a true 38.5 to be able to enjoy them. I'm so bummed as I looked so long for these AND they were a final sale. I hate the process of reselling! >_<

Anyway, I wanted to thank everyone for your input and suggestions! I will definitely make use of the info in the future!

My hunt for a sz 39 continues!

Aww sweetie I feel so bad for you. I'm sending you best wishes that you find your size 39 real soon.:hugs:
 

gail13

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So I've come to the sad truth that these are just too small for me. :sad: I didn't bother trying to stretch them w/ a shoe stretcher or any other method b/c I worried I could compromise the integrity of the shoe by trying to make them fit AND I want someone else who wears a true 38.5 to be able to enjoy them. I'm so bummed as I looked so long for these AND they were a final sale. I hate the process of reselling! >_<

Anyway, I wanted to thank everyone for your input and suggestions! I will definitely make use of the info in the future!

My hunt for a sz 39 continues!

I would bring these to a professional and get their opinion before giving up. I do think it can be done....and I think it's pretty common.
 

Pinkachan

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Aww sweetie I feel so bad for you. I'm sending you best wishes that you find your size 39 real soon.:hugs:

Thanks for your best wishes!! :heart:

I would bring these to a professional and get their opinion before giving up. I do think it can be done....and I think it's pretty common.

Hmm, I'm reconsidering b/c I don't think I'll find another new pair. I've been searching shoe cobblers online and am having a tough time finding one in my area. I might have to drive out to LA or OC.
 
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