Shoe stretching -- are there any materials that SHOULDN'T be stretched?

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  1. Hi all,

    I have a couple of pairs of shoes that have been sitting in the closet for awhile, they haven't been worn yet because the toe area is a little too small for me but I really do love the shoes.

    I am considering taking them to a shoe repairman to have them stretched, but are there certain materials that shouldn't be stretched or have a higher risk of being ruined? Can man-made materials be stretched? (I have a pair of metallic silver flats that need to be stretched and I don't think it's patent nor leather).

    If you've had your shoe stretched, did it feel a lot better afterwards? How much did it cost you per pair? Did the shoe look deformed slightly or did they come back looking the same, just more comfortable?

    Thanks!
     
  2. I think all materials can be stretch and not look deformed. The only problem is that patent leather and man made materials don't stretch as well - meaning once stretched, they'll just go back to their original shape.

    Most places that stretch shoes use the same shoe stretchers as the ones you can get on www.footsmart.com for $15-30 a pair - only they spray them with a stretchy liquid too. I have some of these shoe stretchers and they do amazing wonders for my tight shoes after leaving them in there overnight.
     
  3. Thanks goodmornin!