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Do Shoe Stretchers Actually Work? – 2023 Guide

Sometimes we come up with a tight-fitting shoe but we love to buy it. You might be worried about your wide feet, inflammations, bumps and wounds after wearing those shoes. So, no need to worry. Here, we are going to give you useful information about shoe stretchers that give you a perfect fit and are the best for breaking into new shoes.

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What are Shoe Stretchers?

What are Shoe Stretchers 1

These are the tools that not only expand the width and length of your shoes but also stretch the calves and instep areas. They make your shoes comfortable for you. The unique and innovative design of shoe stretchers consists of a thumb wheel that easily and evenly expands any tight-fitting shoes. Shoes made of leather or canvas are more appropriate for adjustment through shoe stretchers. For other types of shoes or boots, those are made of synthetic materials, you have to use shoe stretchers again and again.

Why are Shoe Stretchers Needed?

In cases when your feet can swell or you can have a size between two numbers or you can get corns and bunions because of imperfect fitting of your shoes, shoe stretchers can help you to lessen your problems and give you a more comfortable fitting.

Precautionary Measures 

So yes, shoe stretchers really work. However, you must do some practice on some old pair of shoes before stretching your new shoes. There is a chance that you can ruin your new pair of shoes by overstretching them because of lack of practice.

You may contact some repair person for stretching your shoes if you are not confident in doing so. However, if there’s no assistance available, you may opt for the technique of using thick socks for stretching. If you plan to do so, don’t forget to check out our article covering the best 5 socks here.

How to Use Shoe Stretchers?

What are Shoe Stretchers

Let’s start having a thorough discussion of ways and tips for using shoe stretchers. The two-way shoe stretcher will help you to stretch the length and width of your shoes at the same time. Here we are going to give you details of using this particular type; other types are using the same principles.

Things to Remember

Put the shoe stretcher inside one shoe and turn the knob. Stop turning when you feel pressure from the shoe. Leave the stretcher inside the shoes at least for the whole night or sometimes for 24 to 48 hours.  Be careful, do not leave for a longer period of time and make sure you’ve stretched your shoes to your required width or length.

Just keep in mind that shoe stretchers work best for leather shoes and they are less effective for synthetic and rubber shoes. You need extra treatment and care for these shoes. Synthetic materials like polyurethane revert back to their original shape and size after some time, so you need to repeat the process of stretching again.

Shoes stretched only when the material gets wet, so the best way is to use shoe stretching sprays. Use specific shoe stretching sprays for leather, synthetic or rubber shoes. For leather shoes, you must use leather shoe stretching spray for soles and outer of the cowboy, suede or faux suede shoes; but for the inner lining, use synthetic shoe stretching spray.

Things Required

  • Shoe stretcher
  • Shoe stretching spray
  • Shoe tree
  • Spot stretching plug

Shoe Stretchers

Stretch your Shoes Length-Wise

  1. Spray your shoes from the inside and outside with the shoe stretching spray. Prepare your shoes by spraying on those spots that are tighter.
  2. If you have one shoe stretcher, place it into both shoes one by one for the required time.
  3. Make sure the toe block of the shoe stretcher is fully closed.
  4. Rotate the lengthening wheel on the shoe stretcher for a snug fit.
  5. Turn the wheel clockwise to move the heel block towards the heel counter of your shoe.
  6. Leave the shoe stretcher inside your shoe for six to eight hours. Check for the required fitting that you want.
  7. Remove the shoe stretcher by turning the handle counter-clockwise and take it out.
  8. If you did not achieve your required results, repeat the steps from 1 to 7.
  9. Repeat the same process for the other shoe.
  10. While you are not wearing your shoes, put the shoe tree inside them for permanent results of stretching.

Stretch your Shoes Width-Wise

  1. Start spraying your shoes from inside and outside with the shoe stretching spray. Prepare your shoes first spraying on spots that are specifically tight.
  2. Put spot stretching plugs into those areas where you are feeling more pressure. Remove them when you will get the required results.
  3. If you have one shoe stretcher, place it into both shoes one by one for the required time. Caution: Make sure the toe block of the shoe stretcher is fully closed. It should touch the end of the toe box of your shoe. Also, ensure that the heel block of the shoe stretcher has tucked in the shoe.
  4. Rotate the handle of the shoe stretcher for ensuring proper fitting.
  5. Turn the handle clockwise to widen the toe block of the shoe. You must rotate the handle two to three times to achieve the required shoe expanding.
  6. Leave the shoe stretcher inside your shoe for six to eight hours. Check for the required fitting that you want.
  7. Remove the shoe stretcher by turning the handle counter-clockwise and take it out.
  8. If you did not achieve your required results, repeat the steps from 1 to 7.
  9. Repeat the same process for the other shoe.
  10. While you are not wearing your shoes, put the shoe tree inside them for permanent results of stretching.


Finally, we have some insight into the solution to a big problem. So, if you have shoes in your wardrobe that are tight and you are not able to wear them. Take them out and try our tips and ways to stretch their width or length, instep or toes box. Just keep this thing in mind that stretching does not mean to enlarge your shoes by one or two numbers in size, it is just to give you some relief or comfort and release the extra pressure because of tight size. So, be careful not to overstretch your shoes as they will create another issue related to loose shoes. Also, the fabric of the shoe matter. So here comes the requirement of using specific shoe stretching sprays.

Here are some products that can help you stretch your shoes on your own, without paying a visit to the repair shop:

Topsome Shoe Stretcher Men 4-Way Shoe Expander Widener for Wide Feet Shoe Tree Shaper
  • 【DURABLE MATERIAL, PERFECT WORKMANSHIP】Topsome shoe stretcher men are made of high-quality ABS plastic material, which is very durable. They fit sizes from men US 9.5 to US 13. Please make sure to insert the shoe stretchers kit in shoes for at least 24-48 hours. The longer it stretches, the better its effect. With a solid metal shaft, handle and screws, the shoe tree is sturdy. The shoe expander is lighter and definitely get its work done for years.
  • 【4-WAYS ADJUSTABLE SHOE STRETCHER】Shoe stretcher men wide feet, 4-way stretching which can stretch the length to make shoe larger, stretch the width to make the shoe wider. 8 bunion plugs help enlarge exact area, and 2 height pads can fit for various kinds of shoes for height need. Using shoe widener, your shoes would become roomy and comfortable. Shoe expander kit can solve many kinds of painful problems, like too tight, wide feet, bunions.
  • 【SIMPLE STEPS TO USE】The Shoe stretcher is two pieces, you can stretch a pair of shoes at one time. Turn the metal handle clockwise to stretch shoes width; Turn the wheel knob clockwise to stretch shoes length; insert the shoe stretchers kit in shoes for 24-48 hours. The longer it stretching, the better its effect. And you will see the magic power of the shoe stretcher. The shoe stretcher for wide feet will make the idle shoes reuse.
  • 【WORKED WELL WITH MOST OF SHOES】The professional men shoe-strecher can be applied to leather shoes, running shoes, sandals, flats, canvas shoes, high heels (<2.36 inches), casual shoes etc. Shoe enlarger now is a must have tool for daily use. Shoe widener help wide feet person relief of toe painful. Fits large size from US 9.5 to US 13. Shoe extender can also be used as shoe shaper and shoe keeper to maintain shoes in a good shape.
  • 【RISK-FREE PURCHASE, GREAT GIFT IDEA】This shoe expander men has 8 bunion plugs, 2 height pads and 1 shoe horn, all been packed in 1 carrying bag. Shoe stretcher is an ideal holiday gift to friends and family like Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Father's Day etc. If you are not satisfied with our shoe stretcher, just contact us, we will provide you perfect solution.
KIWI Shoe Stretcher for Women 1 ct
  • It stretches tight shoes to improve fit and comfort and slides nicely into the left or right shoe
  • It also comes with 2 adjustable pods for extra relief for bunions or corns
  • Made of high quality pine wood stained to a premium finish (will not work for high heels)
  • One size fits all
HOUNDSBAY Bulldog Premium Professional 2-way Wooden Shoe Stretcher for Women, Shoe Widener & Expander for Women w/Wide Feet
  • ONLY 1 Premium Stretcher is included with your purchase. It's Designed for Both Right & Left Shoes. CONSIDER GETTING 2 as it's nice to stretch both shoes at the same time, although not necessary.
  • GET THE PERFECT FIT - Stretch your Shoes into the Perfect Fit for your foot with this Premium Professional Shoe Stretcher used by the experts. Made from Polished Metal and Beautiful Beech Hardwood, it is Heavy, Smooth, and Indestructible.
  • FAST 2 WAY STRETCHING - In just 8 Hours, Stretch the Length or Width of your Shoe into the Ultimate Comfort Fit for your deserving foot. You can also stretch both the length and width at the same time.
  • TARGETED STRETCHING WITH 6 STEEL BUNION PLUGS - These included metal plugs allow you to Loosen Multiple Small Areas inside your shoe that may be causing you discomfort. A Great feature to Relieve Bunions, Corns, and other shoe pressure points.
  • BASED IN TEXAS - SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. Buy with 100% Total Confidence. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, HOUNDSBAY offers a LIFETIME WARRANTY and excellent, professional customer service. Because of the Bulldog's Heavy-Duty, "No-Plastic" Construction, it will be the last Shoe Stretcher you ever buy, thus saving you from future purchases. It will last the rest of your life.
Shoe Stretcher Women, Boots Stretcher For Wide Feet Shoe Expander Stretcher for Shoes Width, Shoe Tree Shape Adjustable Unisex Shoes Stretchers Women Men
  • ★SAVE YOUR FEET: Prevent painful blisters and stop wearing shoes that hurt! This item will solve the problem such as: boots are too small, squeeze feet, grinding feet and other issues. Turn tight boots into fitting comfortable boots. Fit Shoe size: Women size US 4.5-8; Men's size US 6-8.
  • ★UNIVERSAL USE: The professional shoe stretchers not only perfect for boots,also fit sandals, flats, canvas shoes, sports shoes, high heels (<2.36 inches) and peep shoes. Some people have struggled with tight shoes, blisters, bunions, calluses, corns, hammertoes, overlapping toes, toe pain, pinched toes. Imagine this: Use our shoe extenders to stretch your new shoes or old shoes that are too tight. What a comfortable and relaxing feeling you will enjoy after you try it the new stretched one.
  • ★PROFESSIONAL&DURABLE: Made from tough polyurethane plastic & premium steel shaft, more DURABLE than the WOODEN ones, these outstanding shoe stretchers can be used for years to come. The plastic shoe stretcher will not go corroded or deformed as time goes by like wood shoe expander, which make it more durable.
  • ★EASY TO USE: Just insert the boot stretcher into your boots, then turn the knob clockwise to begin stretching the Boots. The side plugs shoe can be fixed on both sides, and we also designed extra instep plug for the person with high feet back. If necessary, you can place it manually (cannot be fixed on it)
  • ★SUPER VAULE 2 PACK: Package include a pair of shoe stretchers, These included 8 bunion plugs and 2 pad plugs. You can use it to stretch the width of the shoes and boots.
StretchAll Premium Shoe Stretch Spray & Mini Stretchers
  • Premium shoe spray & mini stretchers soften & expand tight fitting shoes or boots
  • Break in new shoes, relieve pain and discomfort
  • Slide mini stretchers in after applying spray and leave overnight
  • Will not stain or fade - goes on clear, so it will not cause discoloration
  • Works on most materials including: Leather, Suede, Canvas, Synthetics, Linens, Nubuck and Patent leather
Woodlore Shoe Trees for Men 2 - Pack Of Men's Adjustable Aromatic Red Cedar Shoe Trees (for 2 pairs of shoes) - MADE IN USA
  • BEST IN SHOE CARE: To prolong the life of your dress shoes and keep the shape of your loafers, brogues, wing tips and any other types of shoes you wear for work and special occasions, regular use of a shoe tree is a must for optimum shoe care and retaining its original form.
  • ODOR ELIMINATOR: Made of 100% aromatic cedar, these wooden shoe tree inserts naturally absorb moisture, sweat, and odor, keeping your shoes smelling fresh and new.
  • BULK BUY: Our bulk pack contains two pairs of shoe trees offering you value and quality. Its premium construction and design help maintain the shape and length of your shoes, while also preventing cracks, wrinkles, and creases in the leather.
  • MADE IN THE USA: Woodlore doesn’t just sell shoe trees, but we also make them! We’ve proudly been making high-quality aromatic cedar shoe trees in our Port Washington, Wisconsin facility since 1987.
  • RED HARDWOOD DIFFERENCE: Each shoe tree originates from sustainably grown red cedar trees, cut from the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks. Rich with red heartwood, which is known for its superior moisture absorption and fragrance oils, this is what helps keep your shoes dry, deodorized and looking great for years to come.
Shoe Stretcher Women, Wide Feet Shoe Widener Expander for Women 4 Ways Adjustable Width and Length Shoe tree Shaper, Pink
  • 【PREMIUM MATERIAL, PROFESSIONAL DESIGN】Being made of premium ABS plastic material, the shoe stretcher is extremely solid. Unlike the flimsy wood shoe stretchers, LANNEY shoe stretcher women won't crack, chip or break. Equipped with heavy duty metal shaft, handle and screws, the shoe trees are sturdy and rustproof. The workmanship is very excellent, it won't cause any hurt to your hand nor your shoes. The shoe expander will definitely get many stretching jobs done for years.
  • 【4-WAY ADJUSTABLE SHOE STRETCHER WORKS LIKE MAGIC】 Instead of only 2 ways, shoe stretcher women provide 4-way stretching: Stretch width to widen shoe; Stretch length to increase shoe size; Expand bunion areas; Raise shoe instep or vamp. Being applied with shoe extender, your shoes become roomy and comfortable. The shoe enlarger will save your wide feet many blisters and pains. This shoe stretching tool can also be used as shoe shaper and shoe keeper to maintain shoes in a good shape.
  • 【SIMPLE STEPS, EASY TO USE】Insert shoe stretcher into your shoes. Turn the metal handle in clockwise to widen the toe box. Turn the wheel knob in clockwise to lengthen the shoe. Insert the bunion plugs in appropriate holes to stretch specific areas. Insert the heightening pads to adjust the shoe vamp. Leave the shoe stretchers in the shoes more than 24 hours. And that's all of it. The shoes stretcher women for wide feet will convince you that how quickly you could get new shoes hit the road.
  • 【WORK WELL WITH VARIOUS OF SHOES】The shoe tree spreader is ideal for stretching flats, sandals, loafers, oxfords, tennis shoes, slippers, sneakers, canvas shoes, sports shoes, peep toes shoes, ankle boots, bike shoes, wedge heels shoes (high heels<2.36”), etc. Shoe stretchers for women's shoes sizes from Us 5.5 to Us 10. The shoe widener is a must buy for every family. No need to go to shoe shop on stretching your shoes any more.
  • 【IDEAL GIFT CHOICE】Shoe stretcher women wide feet comes with set of 2 shoe stretchers, 12 bunion plugs, 3 heighten pads and 1 shoe horn, packaging in a carrying bag. Shoe expanders are an ideal gift choice for your family or friends for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Mother Day. The shoe tree is backed by satisfaction guarantee. If you have any issue with the shoe stretchers, just contact us and we will reply promptly.

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