how to break in your shoes in less than 2 minutes

My new flats were a bit too tight in the toes. So I tried this incredibly simple and neat trick from The Observer via Lifehacker for stretching out the area. And guess what? It worked!

Put on socks  and slip on your shoes. 
Aim the hairdryer on the tight section for a few seconds (wiggle and stretch your feet inside the shoe for maximum benefit).
Keep the shoes on while they cool.
Remove the socks and test out shoes.
It should be stretched out, but if you need more room, then repeat the process.

See? Told you it was easy.

365 Responses to “how to break in your shoes in less than 2 minutes”

  1. rooth says:

    Ooh, great tip! Thanks!

    • Jen says:

      I’ve just tried this with a new pair of navy suede courts. My regular size 3.5 felt far too tight, but a size 4 was too big. I bought the size 3.5 but wondered if I was actually ever going to wear them without pain. The hair dryer tip is brilliant. It has worked. Another website suggested 20 second blasts of the hair dryer, I needed to do this about 3 times. I’m so pleased. Thanks very much

      • Betty says:

        I thought this trick was only for leather…Since it worked for your suede…I’ll try on my new pair of suede pump!!! Thx heaps!!!

        • Kat says:

          Suede is leather. It’s just another type of leather, just like there is patent leather, etc.

        • john sully says:

          Don’t they teach anything at school any more. I thought everybody would know that Leather and Suede are from the same piece of animal hide. The ‘leather’ is the outside of the skin – the ‘SUEDE’ IS THE INSIDE OF THE SKIN. Doh……….!

          • Laura Garza says:

            Why must you ruin a great tip?!?! There is no need to be condescending. Simply stating the facts about leather to educate someone would be sufficient. Some people lack the skill to be diplomatic, hence us living in this mayhem. Shame on you!

          • jucilin says:

            you must think you’re very smart with your comment. . . . .

          • Robyn says:

            It must have been so cool to have been born with all of the knowledge in the entire world already filed away in your brain. I’m not sure how you manage to find time in your busy schedule of splitting atoms and curing cancer to educate those on a mommy blog about types of leather. Clearly you chose to skip your etiquette class in favor of searching the internet for those not yet informed.

          • JoeE says:

            If you talk to a cobbler, he or she will tell you that there are different techniques for cleaning, dyeing, and waterproofing leather shoes versus suede shoes.

            Therefore it is certainly reasonable to think that techniques for stretching leather boots might be different than techniques for stretching suede boots.

            That’s why I came to this web site, in fact. I wanted to make sure that the hair dryer technique and the rubbing alcohol technique were applicable to suede as well as leather.

            Why did you feel like being mean, I wonder? Were you having a bad day?

      • Kidiu says:

        Thanks so much! I was worried about my suede boots which were so tight that it was painful just wearing them, let alone walking, since they’re a size too small. But using super thick socks, a hair dryer, and wearing them in the house all day, I was able to break them in and can now wear them comfortably! I’m really surprised that it worked so perfectly, I thought I would never get to wear these. But thanks!

        I do encourage everyone to be extra cautious when stretching suede; I hear that suede shoes can be ruined if handled improperly. I suggest to avoid the ice method with suede shoes.

      • Sue says:

        Blow-drying and ice bagging are great, but the achilles heel shield insole is even easier. It comes up to “shield” the back of the heel until shoes are broken-in. love em.

  2. sherri lynn says:

    Oh this is just the tip I need! I bought these really cute red flats a while ago, and I wore them once and they were so tight they gave me blisters that I had for weeks! I haven't worn them since which is sad because they're really cute. I'm so excited to try this method – and be able to wear all of my tight shoes again!

  3. Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird says:

    Awesome, totally going to try this out!

  4. Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} says:

    That's so neat! I've done the sock trick, but adding the blow drier makes total sense! Great tip :)

  5. Shoko says:

    I just bought a few new pairs of flats and my heels are red and blistered from trying to break them in. Can't wait to try this!

  6. Anni says:

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing! I hate the first week blisters from ballet flats!

  7. Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings says:

    awesome tip!!! will remember this in case i get shoes that are too tight!

  8. jkd says:

    I am totally going to try this!

  9. Nicole Marie says:

    umm cool!

  10. Alexa says:

    Oh my gosh that is the neatest trick. Going to try it out!

  11. Lena at A Crimson Kiss says:

    Genius! I used to put new pointe shoes in the oven to warm up the glue and stretch them out, but they always came out a bit dirty–what I wish I'd known then!

  12. Regan says:

    Cool idea!!

  13. Ashley says:

    whoooooaaaaaaaa…I've been enlightened!!

  14. Marissa says:

    This is brilliant! I was going to bring a pair of sandals to the cobbler to have them stretched, but I'm trying this first!

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  16. AC says:

    Pretty fantastic.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I am so stoked that I stumbled across this. I need to stretch my white satin wedding shoes and didn't want to bring them into a shoe repair place to have it done in case they got dirty. This could just be the ticket!! :D

    • Laura says:

      You can’t stretch satin shoes.

    • Violet says:

      I too have a pair of white satin pointed heels that were too tight at the top… I tried Jillian’s method because I can’t bear the idea of having to wear them for my daughter’s wedding and not being able to enjoy myself because my feet would be so uncomfortable… Let me say she is a genius !!!! I did this three time before I actually got the measure of comfort that I desired but it was well worth the time and patience… My shoes now fit so comfortably that it feels as if I’m walking on clouds…Since my shoes are so comfy now I will definitely enjoy my day as Mother-of -the-Bride… Thanks Jillian !

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sounds good but who has tried this and worked? Hope to hear the success stories! Thx.

    • Laolakakak says:

      It totally works a lot of my friends and I all have done this and it always works

    • Kelli Nicole says:

      It totally works! I bought a pair of flats without trying on because they were $10. Lo-and-behold they were so tight I could barely put them on. I just used this trick and they fit perfectly! I am so excited, they are cute flats!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Oh my thank you! Going to try this with my new tap shoes.

  20. Ren says:

    This is an age-old tip. Heat and stretching always works for any sort of shoe. To the Anonymous who wanted success stories, go for it. It works. I've done this with everything from court shoes to ballet flats to stilettos to work boots.

    An extra tip for those with shoes where the leather is thicker, apply a little leather conditioner while the leather is still warm – but do not heat the leather after you put the conditioner on as you'll ruin the shoe. The conditioner helps to relax the fibres in the leather and mold it to your foot better. You can get it at any good shoe store.

  21. jillian m. says:

    Hope it works out for you!

  22. jillian m. says:

    Besides me, I'm not sure. Although, if you click on the links provided, it will direct you to the original source. It looks like Sian Berry of The Observer has tried it and it's worked out pretty successfully for her.

  23. jillian m. says:

    Love that extra tip! Very helpful indeed.

  24. Faith says:

    I've always done the cold version of this: fill sandwich baggies with water and insert into shoe, tip shoes at an angle and freeze overnight. The water will expand as it freezes and stretch the shoe. This seems a lot quicker, and doesn't involve cold feet! (Har har har.)

    • Claudia says:

      I used to do this too! A few minutes is a lot quicker than leaving something in the fridge overnight though.

    • alex says:

      I attempted to try this once. I double bagged some water, and was too afraid that it would leak out into my shoe that I never actually tried it.

      Although my foot might get hot, I’ll probably be more comfortable to try the above mentioned method!

  25. Kimberley Hebert says:

    Can't wait to try this! Thanks

  26. jillian m. says:

    Yes, I've heard of this one before! I haven't tried it yet, but I've seen a bunch of Youtube tutorials that have shown its success.

  27. Courtney Sullivan says:

    Does this work on Canvas shoes too?

  28. jillian m. says:

    Hm, I'm not sure. I guess it wouldn't hurt to try it and see. Just don't keep the heat on for too long!

  29. Anonymous says:

    hey, thank you for this tip, I will try this with my crocks – you see, even in germany shoe addiction is sometimes painful :-))

    • Anonymous says:

      never heat up your crocs! i had a pair of shoes for work that were made out of the same stuff as crocs and i left them in the car for a few days and went to put them on and they had shrunk to half their size!

      • kate says:

        You said it! I had a pair of Crocs just for the garden — they could be hosed off. I wouldn’t wear them anywhere else, so, I left them in my garden on a bench. The sun shown down on them several days and when I went back out the next time I thought I was being pranked because in their place were tiny elf shoes, a fraction of their original size. It was actually funny. Now, when I wear a pair of Croc sandals to pool or beach, I keep them under a towel, and I even wear them IN the cold water (good for traction anyway).

  30. Angel Eyes says:

    GREAT IDEA! My daughter has a pair of shoes she loves that her Dad got for her. They are just to tight at the baby toe. This will make her so happy! Thanks!!

  31. Jae says:

    Cool idea.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Why not buy shoes that fit?

    • Lucy Browne says:

      Easier said than done…especially when no ones feet are the exact same size and width. We all can’t have perfectly shaped feet as you. SMH

    • Janett says:

      Only my right foot increased in width when I was pregnate with my 3rd baby… you can’t buy a left 9 and a right 9.5…. and no way I’m buying 2 pairs and mixing “em! I think I may be able to buy cute shoes again and quite making flip flops and running shoes do for every event. Ballet flats here I come! Thanks for the brilliant tip.

      • Cara says:

        My mom always talks about opening a shoe store that sells shoes by the each instead of in pairs – would work so well for your situation!!

        Until that happens, I’m definitely trying this trick for my bigger foot!

      • Mary says:

        Actually, if you shop at Nordstrom, you can buy two different size shoes.

    • susan says:

      Apparently you have never shopped online for shoes, had them fit in the store and then wear them awhile and they hurt. Oh, and you are rude :) Have a nice day

    • Anne says:

      Well sorry the rest of us don’t have feet as perfect as yours. I recently bought some wedges that are a perfect fit– except the toe part’s too narrow. I’m a 6.5 regular and I tried wearing a 6.5 wide and my feet were slipping out of the shoe entirely when I tried walking. I happen to have abnormally long toes, so that likely contributes to the problem, as they get jammed together from the sides. For many of us, it’s just one area of the shoe that’s not a perfect fit and changing sizes doesn’t help solve the problem.

    • hoso says:

      two different size feet. Am usually pretty lucky that the larger foot isn’t terribly cramped, but sometimes with narrower shoes, yeh, they need to be stretched. (and fitting the larger foot often means the smaller foot is slipping out which has been hard to fix with heel pads). So yeh, neat trick!

      • Polly says:

        I can totally get what you’re saying. My right foot is almost half a size bigger. I recently bought a new pair of boots and while my left foot is comfortable as usual, my right foot was KILLING me. Instead of blow-drying the shoe though, I just stuck my leg in the oven and stretched both toe and heel at the same time. It worked like a dream!

  33. jillian m. says:

    Hope it works for you!

  34. jillian m. says:

    Because I got tired of return shipping shoes back to Zappos. So I just made them fit, haha.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Dear other anonymous- I had feet that were just over a size 10, which is the biggest size most cute shoes come in. I couldn't buy 10.5s, because they simply weren't available. I had a baby a little over a year ago, and my feet grew about a half size. I now wear an 11. Stretching shoes that I find in stores is often my only option.

  36. jillian m. says:

    What a great point.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Awesome my flats are a bit tight i will definately try this!!

  38. Natalie says:

    Great tip! I need a wider-fitting shoe, so this is a brilliant tip to ease the pinch!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Anyone do this with heels or only flats?

    • Sarah says:

      It worked on my pumps! Worked wonderfully actually, even with non-leather shoes

      • Sarah says:

        Just wanted I wanted to hear!! My birthday is coming up next week and I didn’t want to wear uncomfortable heels! I always have a problem around the toe area!!! Thank you!

    • Jeanette says:

      I just did the dryer/sock thing with my high heel satin shoes and it really works….wow..thank you.

      • Helené says:

        So glad to hear this works with heels. Since putting on weight most of my heels have become a bit tight. Definitely trying this out!!

  40. princessbabybee says:

    I have a similar issue as anonymous #2. I had a baby and while my shoes fit length-wise, they are tight in the toes. I can't wait to try this. :)

  41. Alexandra A. says:

    Thank you a thousand times! i finally larged my flats! i have some cute black flats and didn;t managed to properly break them in. Now they seem beautifully adapted on my feet. hope they will stay this way. tonight i am going to wear them! thanks! i will share this tip further if u don;t mind!

  42. jillian m. says:

    I've only done it with flats. Not sure about anyone else. I'd imagine it will work the same on the toe area. Not sure about the back part, since heels tend to have a really hard back.

  43. jillian m. says:

    No problem! I'm glad they worked for you. Share away!

    • Brittany says:

      I ordered dyeable shoes for a wedding I am in this weekend that are a bit tight in the toe area, they are ivory color.. have you tried this on a light colored material shoe? Wondering if it would darken or burn the color..

      • jillian m. says:

        I have not tried this on a light colored shoe. Although, I’d imagine if you keep the blow-dryer at a safe distance (about 5 to 6 inches) and don’t keep the heat on for too long, it shouldn’t do any damage. But if you’re too hesitant about it, why don’t you try the method that Faith uses (see above)? It’ll take a bit longer, but it seems like a safe bet!

        • MJ says:

          If you’re worried about discolouration from dirt in the air or from your blow dryer, you might try blow-drying not directly on the shoe, but through an old/thin washcloth or rag. This would catch any dirt that would be blown at the shoes.

  44. Stephanie says:

    You’ve got such great ideas! I’m looking forward to trying this out on my next pair of flats… I started a blog to check out the pins on Pinterest that go viral… check it out!

    Looking forward to your coming posts!

  45. Lauren says:

    i did this with some super cute high heels, but i stretched them too far and now they’re too big haha… any way to get them a bit smaller?

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  47. Kristen Flory says:

    Does this work for patent leather and suede too? Or, will it “burn” the finish?
    Great tip!

    • jillian m. says:

      Kristen, patent leather should be fine (I’ve tried it on patent leather shoes too), as long as you don’t keep the blow-dryer too close to the shoe. And only zap it for a few seconds. With suede? Haven’t tried it and I’m not very familiar with how that fabric responds to certain temps.

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  49. shelbi says:

    will this work on toms? my houndstooth toms are so tight!

    • jillian m. says:

      Toms are made with cloth, right? I don’t think it would work with cloth, although you can give it a try and see what happens.

    • jillian m. says:

      Shelbi, another commenter tried it with Toms and she said it worked very well. So give it a go, if you haven’t already!

  50. Jennifer says:

    Yay!! Thanks for posting this. I made my way over from Pintrest, and what great timing. I bought these really cute flats from a thrift store; perfect condition (and basically new), silver reptile-link design, with large silver-circle-ring-like buckle at the foot made from Nine West for about $3-4. The size said 7.5, I said good enough for me when I tried them on! The problem was I didn’t WALK in them at the store! LoL, isn’t that the first thing we learn as a kid with our Moms at the shoe store?
    So, for my college graduation practice, I wore them b/c they were too cute not to celebrate with. Needless to say, I had huge blisters on my heels by the time I got home (which was really bad b/c my shoes for that night were closed toed and closed back wedged-heels!)
    Then, two months later, after I contemplated finding a close friend for these to have a REALLY good home, I found you instead!! I was hopeful, but skeptical, b/c they were pretty tight.
    Seriously, this trick works!! I found the thickest socks, and heated up the shoes like you said, and they felt just a little looser. However, still being in the socks while it cooled, it was still tight, so I figured I might need to do it again. As soon as I took off the socks and slipped into the flats, I was amazed. Thank you so so much, as well as to whomever originally shared this information!
    So, to all of those in doubt, I did try it and it works. I read in some places where it would be hard to work (like with sneakers), so just make sure it’s a malleable type of material and you should be good to go. If you do not have a blow dryer, find instructions how to use your oven. I saw some videos on YouTube where they did this, but I don’t know the temp and time, although I imagine its a very low-heat. Good Luck!!

  51. shayla says:

    good tip. I use the cold method…putting ziplocks with water in the shoes, then putting in the freezer over night. yours seems like a quicker fix tho.

  52. vanninersta says:

    OMG!!! I must say, this works 100% I just tried it, and can’t wait to actually use my shoes the whole day! Note, be careful that you might loosen the shoes up too much ;) a million THANKS!

  53. LizRamirez says:

    This is great! I’m wondering if this will work with my sperrys. I wore them the other day without any socks and they gave me a blister!

  54. Sarah says:

    So simple, yet so genius! I have a few pairs of flats that I love dearly, but the mere thought of wearing them causes a blister to form. Every time I open my closet and see my shoe organizer, I lust for them. But, alas. Now, this! Yeah! Thanks for the great tip!

    • Mom says:

      For our boat shoes (docksiders, topsiders, Bean, etc) we would wear them in the ocean, then walk around a little, permanently knot the wet leather ties with the wrap knot, and then wear them until they dried. Perfect fit, smooth insides. This was when they were handmade in USA, all leather, and we NEVER wore them with socks. I don’t know if the cheaper, part fabric,imported ones will hold up to this, but I have four pair, spanning about thirty years, and I wish I still had my original, older pairs. I should have just had them re-sewn. They just aren’t the same, now.

  55. Michèle says:

    I wonder if it works with converse shoes… Everytime I wear them, I get blisters on babytoes… I love them but I cant wear them for too long…

  56. Joh says:

    will thi work for Melissa plastic/jelly shoes?

    • jillian m. says:

      Sorry, I can’t say that it will work, mostly because I’ve never tried it. Maybe try the ice method that was suggested in the comments? It seems to be a safer way to go, if you’re unsure. Although, it’s not as quick as the blow-dryer method.

  57. this totally worked. I bought these gorgeous cheap-o fake leather tiffany blue pumps from charlotte russe, and they squeezed the heck outta my toes. I had to blow dry twice,c but they totally expanded and my toes feel so much better!

  58. Leah says:

    I just tried this with suede heels and it worked incredibly!! Thank you so much! Now I can wear my shoes for my birthday!

  59. Tori says:

    Do you think this will work for boots? I have a pair of dance boots that HAVE to be broken in ASAP!


    thanks!! will try.
    Will this work on heels as well???? :)

  61. Tia says:

    I just got a pair of shoes that are too tight, but the half-size up is too big (they say 9.5 but I’m sure they’re really a 10, as they don’t seem smaller than the 10s were). They are real leather uppers BUT they are covered in silver confetti-like sparkles. Would the blow-dryer trick make the sparkles fall off? I’ll try the frozen ziplock bag trick first…

    • jillian m. says:

      You might want to try what MJ has suggested above: when you’re ready to apply the heat, place a rag or cloth over the shoe. You’ll get the effects of the heat without the pesky wind.

      • Tia says:

        I guess what I mean is that I’m scared that the heat will liquify the adhesive enough that the sparkles (more like small confetti), will come off. I guess the frozen water thing is less risky in that sense, but it would be harder to get them to stretch the right amount (might make them too big)…

        • jillian m. says:

          Oh, I see. You might be right about the sparkles coming off with the heat, although I’m not sure that the heat from the blowdryer is strong enough to do that, especially since it’s only blasted for a few seconds. Then again, I haven’t tried it on shoes like yours.

          I’m not sure if this will work, but maybe you could blast the inside of the shoe with heat and then immediately stick your foot (with the sock on) and try to do it that way? Just something off the top of my head.

  62. uhmmmitslauren says:

    Just tried this with flats from Target and worked SO well! I didn’t have thick socks so I wore three pairs haha. They fit so well now! I’ve had them in my closet for months because they were just a little too tight. Great tip!!!

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  65. Jenny E says:

    I just saw this on Pinterest and tried it out immediately. I just bought the cutest peep toe pumps from Anthropologie; originally $198, marked down to $40, 1 pair left in the store and they were MY SIZE! A certified shoe miracle! They were a little tight in the toes, but who turns down a shoe miracle? Enter your tip and voila! Perfect-fitting miracle shoes… Thanks a million!

  66. Marian says:

    Cannot wait to give this a go. I recently purchased the Stretch Genie product which works but I don’t like having wet shoes.

  67. KelG says:

    You Rock! will try on my new killer heels. Peek toe is just a little to tight!

  68. Future Mrs. Cook says:

    I’m going to have to try this tonight. I’ve been trying for months to break in my wedding shoes ( with out my fiancé seeing them or getting them dirty) and this sounds perfect!!! The 8 was way to big and the 7 1/2 is JUST to tight around the toes. My wedding is in 32 days! I really hope this works!

  69. Helen says:

    bought the cutest little red flats and havent been able to wear them because they gave me blisters.
    i feel like i just went out and got another new pair of shoes :)

  70. Aisha Saggaf says:

    you save my shoe life… thanks for the great tip!!!

  71. Tanya I says:

    Does it work for cowboy boots?

  72. Xiaoyan says:

    Why didn’t I see this two days ago, I just handed my brand new flats to a friend, because they were a bit tight. :(

  73. Maureen says:

    I just tried it, and I was absolutely shocked at how well it worked! I wish I saw this years ago, would have saved me from getting bloody blistered heels :( I love flats but I’m always in between sizes so I go for the smaller of the two sizes and takes forever, not to mention how painful, to break into them. Love this trick. Now I can go buy more flats!

  74. Madi says:

    Does this work for converse?

  75. kandace says:

    would this work with running shoes and on the ankles area?

    • jillian m. says:

      Hmmmm. Well, part of the reason why this works so well is because you have the thick socks and the toes doing a lot of the action for you. I could even see it for the heel area. But for the ankles? If you have something (like a glass cup?) to help with the stretching of the area, then maybe. Give it a try and see.

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  77. Nella says:

    Awesome, I will definitely try with few shoes.

  78. Lucia says:

    has anyone tried this with shoes made out of pony hair? It’s when they leave the cow fur/hide on the leather instead of removing it, not really from ponies! I’m worried the heat from the hairdryer might damage the fur..

    • LouiseH says:

      I just tried this on pony skin (ie calf hair) Sam Edelman flats: it worked but I was cautious and heated them gently at first, then put on a higher heat when that seemed okay but not effective. Absolutely delighted.

  79. Kerri says:

    I wonder if this would work with good quality figure skates. Mine fit length-wise but my toes are squished width-wise (feet changed after having my 2 kids). I’ve taken them to a cobbler for stretching, but he couldn’t get much out of them. has anyone tried this?

  80. Sue says:

    Too bad you can’t do this with clothes! LOL

  81. Danielle Colberg says:

    ohmigosh thank you for changing my LIFE! haha

  82. Eliza-Jane says:

    This is amazing! Came at the perfect time, thanks SO much for sharing!!

  83. Ericka says:

    I wish I had done this a week ago when I was in my low-heels all day! I just tried this and was so surprised at how well it worked!! I used the blow dryer on low for about a min. instead of a few seconds, though. (Oops!) I want to wear them all day now. haha :]

  84. Renee says:

    Just found this on Pinterest (& repinned of course). Just tried with a pair of loafers I had bought and never worn…worked a charm! TY, TY, TY!!!

  85. Trish says:

    You go, girl–who knew???–plan to try out 1st thing in the am

  86. Jen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, this works amazingly well! I just tried it with a new pair of shoes and they fit much more comfortably now :)

    xo jen

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  88. Mary Mullins says:

    Great tip, will try it next time I’m squashed in the feet :)

  89. margaret says:

    for years my husband has put HOT water in his new cowboy boots before wearing for the first time. i thought he was crazy the first time i saw him do this, but he said it made the boots form to his foot and no blisters.

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  92. Kate says:

    YES!! I have so many flats that I can now where. They were so uncomfortable before every time I attempted to break them in I was left with blisters. Thank you ! :)

  93. Ally says:

    Oh wow thank you this popped up on Pinterest at just the right time – I wore a pair of my flats yesterday that have killed my little toe and i am so trying this in the morning!!

  94. Caitlin says:

    Thank you so much for your tip! I tried this last night on some leather boots that were a little bit too tight but too good of a deal to pass up – it worked like a charm and they fit perfectly now. Now I’m wondering where this tip has been all my life, how I could have prevented so many blisters, and I’m thinking I need to do this to quite a few other pairs of shoes in my closet :)

  95. Mere Boo says:

    awesome i need to try this cuz i got these black flats for a concert and i went about 2 weeks ago and still have blisters!!! =D

  96. andreea says:

    does this trick work on any material? like leather.. PU… textile… i’m interested in textile mainly…

    • jillian m. says:

      I’ve tried it on leather, so yes for that question.

      Are Toms made with textile? I forget. If so, then it works (as stated by a commenter above). If not, then, I’m not exactly sure.

  97. Krysta says:

    I have the pair of flats in the link below. They have gems on them and I’m afraid if I use heat the glue will melt and the stones will come off. However these shoes hurt my feet SO BADLY, I’m just now getting over blisters from 3 weeks ago! Advice?

  98. karla says:

    Hi! I have flats that are a little tight. Problem is, its made of plastic or something. Will this work for this kind of material? Thanks.

    • jillian m. says:

      I’m not sure. I mean, when you put plastic containers in the microwave, it doesn’t seem to harm it, so my guess is that it would be okay. But like I said before, I’m just not sure. Sorry!

  99. Liliana says:

    ahhh cant wait to get home n try!!!! thanks gals!

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  101. Lauren says:

    I’m so excited to try this! I procrastinated buying my shoes for my brother’s wedding and had to order online, all the reviews said the sizes run small, which makes me nervous cause I wear a 10 and the largest size is an 11, so I ordered the 11 and am going to try this if they are a little tight! Thank you, thank you THANK YOU!!!!

  102. Sarah says:

    Thank you SO much for this tip! As a nurse, I’m always on the hunt for comfortable shoes that will help prevent back pain and leg fatigue. I can’t even tell you how many pairs of expensive shoes I’ve bought that have been collecting dust in my closet because they were too snug to make it through an entire 12 hour shift. I just tried this trick on a pair of Dansko Clogs and they feel WONDERFUL now. The true test will be when I wear them to work, but I’m confident that this has solved the issue! Thanks again!

  103. Michelle says:

    I’ve never tried this but cannot wait to! When Iw as a kid, my Mom’s friend owned a local women’s consignment shop (second hand clothing, shoes, etc.). I remember her giving me a pair of her niece’s black leather heels to wear for a dance and they were too small for me. she had me put on thick socks and poured rubbing alcohol over the socks and had me walk around in the shoes for an hour or so. Worked like a charm!!! I remember that it could only be done with leather though. :)

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  107. kristen lauren says:

    excellent tip!! not sure if this has been asked already, but where are the flats pictured from? they are super cute! thanks!

  108. sorry4u says:

    i used to do this for my pointe shoes… i never guessed it would work for regular shoes!! so awesome!

  109. Karly says:

    I still have blisters from my other pair of shoes that literally made the back of my feet bleed. I just bought new cute flats that was on sale ($10! How could I resist?) but they were really hard on the toes. I tried this and it worked wonderfully! Thank you for saving my feet! I am so tired of buying packs of bandaid for my blisters.

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  111. Laura says:

    This is, hands down, the WORST thing you can do to your footwear. Leather cracks and splits with heat. Do NOT do this. Not ever. What should you do instead? Put equal parts rubbing alcohol and water into a spray bottle. Spray your shoes completely, until saturated. Put them on your feet. Wear them around for as long as you can. Repeat as needed. But for the love of your wallets and your pretty shoes, do NOT take the hair dryer to them!!

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  115. Maria Warner says:

    I have a brand new pr of $200 black Frey Harness riding boots sitting in my closet for about 2yrs now, cant wear them because i cant get my left foot into the heal part. The leather is really thick on these boots, if i put a glass inside the boot and do this im wondering if it will work..Im dying to wear them not its boot season..Lmk if anyone has tryed this with a glass.

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  117. April says:

    Brilliant. This has changed my life. I’m putting link to this post in my post about how much I love this method.

  118. JoAnne says:

    This did not work for me. I was excited to try it, considering I have 3 pairs of ballet flats that I have not been able to wear because the backs of them dig into my skin and cause me to have awful blisters. I put them on with a pair of socks, like instructed, and had the blow dryer on the back of them for about 5 minutes straight. I tried stretching them every way possible to get the backs to loosen up, but nothing. They are still the same killer flats as before. :(

    • jillian m. says:

      So sorry to hear that JoAnne. It could have been the material of the shoe. Maybe the back of the shoe isn’t as flexible as other parts? Whatever it is, there are other methods you can try – like the ice trick. It’s all over Youtube and has some pretty good reviews. Good luck!

    • Helené says:

      Glad im not the only one that was left frustrated. I have tried with 6 different types of flats and 2 different heels all different matterials and nothing. Still stiff and still evil :'(

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  120. Katelyn says:

    Does this work for non leather shoes?

    • Jillian says:

      A few of the commenters tried it on Toms and (and I think other types of non-leather shoes as well). So depending on the material, it could work.

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  124. Nicole says:

    Will the shoes shrink back to their original size after a while ?

  125. Jacquelyn says:

    Sitting here with my socks and shoes on right now after heating with my hair dryer. I always rub a little alcohol in them too (idk where I heard it) I REALLY HOPE it works because I have SO MANY flats I out on Poshmark to sell b/c they were too tight…and I broke my toe in high school so finding flats that fit my right foot, NOT HAPPENIN’.

    Thanks all!

  126. Josephine Jeter says:

    Just did this with my newest flats. Totally worked! Now they’re much comfier.

  127. Mary says:

    I have some new TOMs I love, and they’re too tight. Going to try this in the morning. Thanks for the tip!

  128. shayna says:

    Omg I just tried this and it totally worked!! I am so excited! Thanks for the great tip!

  129. Lanette says:

    Its brilliant! I can’t thank you enough. i tried it immediately and it worked like a charm. Now I have 2 more pairs of heals that can see the light of day.

  130. tracey says:

    new pair of fitflop due’s for work , black patent ones , one foot is too tight on the top of the foot as the shoes fits across and digs right in leaving a line !! will the hair dryer work on these please??

    • Jillian says:

      Patent leather should be fine (I’ve tried it). Just proceed with caution and don’t keep the heat on for too long or too close to the material.

  131. xMongoose says:

    This worked perfectly with a new pair of tome that were too tight in the toes!!

  132. Angela says:

    Will this work on pvc/plastic shoes?

    I have cute Melissa flats that a little painful on the big toe.

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    I just bought a pair of adorable Tory Burch flats and they were killing my feet! This worked great and now I can wear my flats all day!

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    When I was speed skating, we used a hairdryer to mould our skates. I inserted the end of the hairdryer into the boot and waited until the outside was warm, then slipped my foot in and quickly did up the laces. I can see this transferring successfully to other forms of shoes quite easily.

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    I’m so glad I came across this tip Jillian! New shoes almost always chafe and hurt me

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  142. luce says:

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!! i got some rare converse a few weeks back and they were my size but too small. so i tried this on the plastic toe and THEY FIT!!! i needed them to go to a gig and i am sooo happy now!!! :D

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  144. Melanie says:

    I just bought the cutes paire of wedges on clearance. one shoe fits perfect but the other shoe is just a tad to tight. I have heard of the wearing socks but the hairdryer is a great idea. Can’t wait to go home and try this. Really love the shoes and I would hate to have to return them because they were uncomfortable.

  145. lorna smith says:

    Have just tried it on my new wedding Jimmy Choose and it has worked! Thank you!

  146. Angela says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I bought a pair of Christian Dior peep toe pumps yesterday, they were my first luxury shoe purchase and I was so excited, but when I got home and tried to walk in them and leave them on for a while, I realised they were too tight at the toes, I had the worst buyers remorse and was practically in tears over the stupid splurge, I couldn’t return them because they were on sale, so I looked up on how to loosen them and found this post, it worked like a dream! Thank you!

  147. Miral says:

    Could this work with a pair of converse??

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  149. Lita says:

    I just tried this out last night on a pair of shoes I got second-hand. I was a little skeptical since I’m not sure of the material (others say this method works mostly on leather shoes), but it worked out really well. The shoes were pretty tight, so I did it more for a minute, minute and a half per shoe, to both toes and heels. I’m wearing the shoes today to break them in a little more, and it feels like they might’ve tightened back up a bit, but they’re nowhere near as tight as before.


  150. Shaq Attaq says:

    Its crazy how people dont just try the shoes on before buying, this is something my wife has yet to grasp lol. Nice tip and the cost I like (free) it seems simple enough I will be sharing.


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  152. Jeff says:

    Get a freezer bag, fill it half way with water and put the bag of water in your shoe, put both in freezer.. works great.

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  154. MMueller says:

    I have about four pairs of shoes I’ll be doing this to as soon as I finish posting here.
    If there was an award for being patient with posters who can’t bother taking a minute to read before asking a question that’s been asked and answered several times already, you’d win it hands down. I don’t know how you do it or why you bother but you’re clearly some kind of saint.

  155. Ann says:

    Thank you so much for this idea!! I live in Japan and I work at McD’s. Over here the lady mgr’s use pumps. They have a shoes that I could fit into with stretching. Thank you sooo much, you saved me hours of painful wearing and blisters.

  156. It works best with leather shoes/boots and, after the process, it’s best to use some neats foot oil or other conditioner on the footwear. Using a hair dryer tends to spread the leather and that can, eventually, cause cracking and wear out your shoes more quickly. Using a condition prevents, or delays for a long while, this natural process.

  157. Maki says:

    I am so thrilled with this hardryer story,I have evn pasted it on fb

  158. Kathleen says:

    Hi, I can’t wait to try this out! This will definitely save me some time and, not to mention, painful blisters in the process. Thank you so much for the tip!


  159. Helené says:

    it just didn’t work for me. 6 flats and 2 heels. All different materials and worn with the thickest socks I could find.

    I still have evil shoes :'(

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  161. Chas says:

    Just tried this on a pair of leather flats that were tight around the top stitched area. Totally worked! Very happy with the results and thanks for posting!! Didn’t want to use the ice or alcohol methods.

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  163. Lilly says:

    A fast and effective way! Tried and it worked like a charm! Thank you for the tip :)

  164. selina says:

    Just finished reading this. Tried this as I’m reading all of the comments.Holy crap…. it really does work!! My issue is with every pair of shoes I buy, the right foot is tighter and very uncomfortable. No longer an issue! Awesome tip!!!

  165. Susan says:

    What is it about flats? They look so cute but if you buy your correct size, they are painfully tight, and the next size up is just too big and floppy? They must be the worst designed footwear ever!
    Having said that, I have the most gorgeous pair of red suede flats that I can only wear if I am going to be sitting, not walking, not even for a few mins!
    I have tried stuffing them with newspaper to no avail, I will have to give this a go.

  166. Rachelle says:

    This is awesome! I’m going to try it out on a pair of Toms wedges I bought that are a bit too snug. Thanks for the tip! Found you on Pinterest. :)

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  168. Denise says:

    Has anyone ever tried this on shoes that have rhinestones glued to them? I about a pair of peep toe flats with rhinestones all over the shoe for my weeding. Each stone was glued on my shoes by hand. I’m worried that if I use any heat or even cold (freezer), that the rhinestones may come off. Do any of you know if they would?

  169. Becky says:

    Hi I bought a pair of fab satin bridal shoes and had them died in white,when I received them they was too tight I could barely get my foot in them and I could not return them.i have just put them on with a pair of socks and dryed them with the hair dryer for 10 minutes,they now fit like a glove without socks,MUST TRY FAB IDEA !!!!! THANKS SO MUCH.

  170. Patrice says:

    I just found this great blog conversation – hope I am not too late. Have a different problem perhaps someone knows about. I just bought a rather expensive paid of Arche shoes in red and the red came off all over my feet and ruined a new pair of Spanx pantyhose (in Champagne – same color Kate Middleton wears :>) ). Someone told me I should use rubbing alcohol inside the shoe to prevent it from bleeding. Does anyone know anything about that? I think the color really faded all over the shoe in one wearing, so I am going to return them anyway, but want to get another red pair. Thanks!

  171. Amber says:

    I just did this to my patent leather heels. It seems to have worked and the leather did not change in texture or anything, which was my big concern. I have to go to a party this evening for my husband’s work and it’s at a very large complex which will involve some walking. I am glad I found this trick, as I don’t want any blisters. I had to do it twice in order to get some areas to the right comfort level. I will use this on all shoes that hurt me in the future.

    Thanks again!

  172. kimberly says:

    will this work for patent leather too? i bought a pair of patent leather shoes and the right shoe is way tighter than the left. i have my graduation in three days!!! thanks

  173. Amy says:

    I reaaaally want to try this on my shoes for prom! They are nude suede…what would happen if I warmed them up? Apparently they will loose colour if I put them in the freezer.
    They are half a size too small :(
    And they have a bow on the back with diamondy bits
    Someone please help?

  174. Allean says:

    Does this also work with wedge heels? I have had these black wedges and I really want to wear them but they hurt my feet so bad. I just put them in the back of my closet and that’s no place for a pair of wedges as cute as these.

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  176. karen says:

    this absolutely 100% worked! I can’t believe it and thank you so much! I bought a very cute pair of Toms Ballet pumps in the sale and they were way too tight, despite apparently being my size! This has saved me giving them to my smaller footed sister!

  177. Rose says:

    Will this work with Canvas Dr. Martens? I’ve had a hard time breaking them in. :-(

  178. Wow, thanks … I will DEFINITELY try it this weekend. I have a pair of adorable pink flat shoes , I love the POP of color with my usually black attire but my toes feel like sardines in a can (not that I have ever interviewed sardines).

  179. Steph says:

    Yes thank u !!!!!!
    I have new white converse , also own several other pairs and never had problems but these ones rub my little toes, just tried it and it works !!!!!
    Thank u so much !!!

  180. tasha says:

    Can this also work for converse?

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  182. Alex says:

    Thanks for the tip, it really worked on my new ballet flats I bought today .

  183. Ashley Tompson says:

    Wow great tip! I will have to try this with my new womens sandals. Thanks!!

  184. For Girls says:

    What a crazy idea I have to try!

  185. Rowena says:

    Unfortunately IT DOES NOT WORK with gummy/PVC shoes

  186. Rowena says:

    It does work with crocs though. If you want them to feel like you’ve been wearing them for a while, this is the way to go!

  187. Sammyy says:

    I just did these to a pair of Pumps I bought for a wedding I am to attend. I couldn’t understand why they fit in the store and not at home… My feet swell at the wrong times ever. And they swelled this morning when I went to break them in, because the wedding is in two days(And it’ll take a few days for them to unswell.). I did some googling and I don’t have a lot of patients. I saw this, tried it and it works really well!! The right heel was fast, it didn’t require as much stretching as the left I am afraid. So I ended up stretching the left twice! But! It was fast! Easy! And I am going to recommend this to my sisters and mother. Thanks!

  188. anonymous says:

    it realy work…. its a great trick thanks a stacks

  189. anonymous says:

    you can also try putting wet newspaper , and let it stand infront of the heater it will swell out and dry

  190. jennifer says:

    To anyone wondering if this works on Toms: yes! It does. That’s how I found this looking how to make my toms less tight. I focused on the seem on the top and it took a few times but it absolutely worked. I’m so impressed and glad that they fit perfectly now

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  193. mancho says:

    does this work with the shoes that are made of fabric?? such as bensimons??

    • Jillian says:

      Sorry for the late response, I was on vaca! I believe it does. If you see some of the comments above, some people have tried on all different materials, including fabric, and it works.

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  195. Silke says:

    Its sooo works far better than the ice trick…. I bought a pair of patent leather heels which after wearing them once, landed in the corner of my wardrobe but as we’ve got a back to School fancy dress party coming up I got them out again and they were to tight for me. So I searched the Internet and came across the Ice trick, which didn’t really work, so my last resort was to put the biggest pair of socks on and break them in… not a good look if you are running around in shorts, socks and heels ;) Cutting long story short, I just used the hairdryer a couple of short times on them now and I could feel them molding to my feet. I will wear them out tonight now and see if I can last in them, if not I’m going to re stretch them tomorrow again in the hope they will be comfy for the evening! x

  196. Lisa says:

    Jillian – Thank you for a great tip! What a lifesaver this is as I am having fun stretching all of the uncomfortable shoes I have today. One problem though: HELP! I think I ‘overstretched’ a new pair of Nina’s that I just bought today. What should I do? Is there any way to ‘shrink’ them back a little? I tried putting them in the freezer, but don’t want to go all hog wild until I know what I am doing. What I did was wear a regular sock, but then I read somewhere once to use “the thickest socks or double sock” in order to stretch a shoe. That’s what I did, along with the blow dryer, and when I took the socks off, they nearly fell off of my feet. I am just sick about it. :( Thanks for any response.


    • Jillian says:

      Lisa! I am so sorry to hear this. Leave that pair alone. As in, don’t mess with it anymore. I think it will eventually go back to the normal size (depending on the material) when you leave it for a day or two. This happened to a pair of shoes I had, so I ended up having to do the hairdryer trick again the next day and then wearing them regularly so that the stretch would keep. Hope this works out for you!

  197. Nett Preece says:

    Thank you! Amazing! It really works. I have so many pairs of shoes that pinch around where my toes meet my foot. It really works. A million thank you’s

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  199. CultCutie says:

    I tried this with my UNIF Confession boots and it worked! Now not only are these babes hot stuff, they are totally wearable and walkable without crippling pain. They are suede, so this method should also work on other suede shoes. I blasted them several times but literally for only a few seconds per shot.
    Perfect for heeled shoes that fit overall but are a bit narrow at the toe.
    Be forewarned that this method could stretch shoes out TOO much as mine stretched super fast and super well. Blast shoes with hairdryer for literally 3 or 4 seconds and then test them out. Repeat only if necessary and be mindful.

  200. MK says:

    My poor feet thank you SOOOOOOOOO much for this post!!!!!!!!!

  201. JuMS says:

    Will this work on cloth/jeans pumps? My left foot was dying when I wore them to work. At first they fitted perfectly but later on in the day, I felt the pinch. I really love those shoes

  202. Lauren Corbin-forrest says:

    Does the work on converse?

  203. Asma Ali says:

    Omg!! This method of using thick socks and a hairdryer actually works!! I am starting a new job in two days and ive got a new pair of ballet flats. Right size but too tight near the toes:(
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  205. Fleur says:

    Thank you for this information. I have very wide feet, and it usually takes weeks to walk in a pair of flat leather shoes, involving rubbing skin off my heels and the top of my feet. I just got some gorgeous new black flat leather shoes and tried this with socks and hairdryer last night then wore them today, and I don’t have any blisters or sores on my feet at all.

  206. cagomea says:

    omg!! this worked so well on a pair of fabric luichiny platforms i got offline. i have really big feet. i wear 12 heel (womens) but i can hardly ever find one. i usually end up gettin an 11 and suffer through the pain for an hour or so. the wider part of my foot is always the problem when i get the 11s. they hurt right across the top. i tried this on my cloth shoes and a pair of synthetic shoes in the same area. worked great!!! thank you :)

  207. Amber S says:

    Hey, I love this post so much! Thank you!

    So far I’ve tried it on 5 pairs:

    Worked best: Red Converse low-tops from Asian store that were way too tight in my normal size

    Pretty good:
    BC mint leather narrow pointed flats
    Kodiak made in Canada brown leather loafers

    Not as good:
    Tweed Sperrys a half size down from my usual size

    Not at all:
    Knock-off Toms that are way too tight. Couldn’t even get my foot in with the socks on. I think they stretched a little.

    I made a bag full of shoes I’m going to try this on: 1/2 size smaller than usual standard fabric Coach flats, one size smaller than normal Stradivarius suede boatshoe flats, 1 size smaller than usual made in Canada leather point boots, 1/2 size smaller than normal Vans slip-ons, regular size black leather Dr Martens shoes, regular size Joe Fresh black plasticy loafers in normal size (Target/WalMart/JCPenneyish), regular size vintage narrow Keds.

    May also try it on regular size Aldo plaid fabric flats, patent plastic Forever 21 flats.

    Wish I had known about this trick before I gave away my vintage black/white loafers!

    I will update with how they fit, how many times I tried, how I applied heat and what not once I have affirmed that I have the right stretch for those who are nervous to try :)

    • Jillian says:

      Amber, thank you for this very thorough review! I’m sure this will be a help to a lot of the other commenters and people looking here. So thank YOU.

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  212. Luka-Toulouse Smith says:

    Will it work with rubber flats? I bought some adorable brown rubber/plastic flats like jelly sandals from Apple pie for my daughter but they are too small. She is very upset because she loves them. I’m not sure if they will melt. Please help! Thanks.

    • Jillian says:

      Hi Luka. I haven’t tried this method on jellies, so I can’t say. Sorry! You might want to browse through the comments to see if it has worked for shoes that are close to the rubber/plastic material you have. Good luck!

  213. Sara says:

    OMG!!! I WANT TO TRY THIS!! I bought my first pair of converse size 7 but I had to bring them back because they were to big and looked like clown shoes, so than I got the 6.5 but they squeezed my toes to the point that I couldn’t stand them! They killed! So I brought them back and it sucked cause I LOVED them!! I have not very wide feet but I have to have a wider shoe cause when my toes run together it drives me crazy! So I think I might buy them again in 6.5 and try this tip and see if it works! I LOVED THEM SOOO MUCH!! It killed me to have to bring them back but I hope this help!! (They were the white classic converse)

  214. Natalie Shepherd says:

    Bought my two kids 3 pairs of jelly shoes each from Next. Neither would wear as very narrow and rubbed. Tried this trick and worked perfectly. They now love their new jellies!

  215. Boo Stewart says:

    I just did this for a pair of faux leather flats I got off zappos in a half size too small and it worked in only 20 minutes. It’s night and day different. I’m super happy right now. I thought I’d have to return them.

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  217. Caitra says:

    Thank you heaps! I had bought some shoes I needed for a uniform. The size I normally wear was a little tight, but the size up was to big. This worked wonderfully! Thanks.

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  220. Sara says:

    This trick did it for me! I had just bought a pair of beautiful black high heels with a zipper in the back, but for some reason the zipper wouldn’t zip up all the way.. But then I tried this, and now the they zip all the way up! Thank you so so so sooooooo much!

  221. mel says:

    Does this work on patten leather shoes ive tried this and nothing has happened

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  223. Roxanne says:

    Hi Jillian,

    I really liked this post of yours! I shared it as one of the blog entries in my own blog, Laced Ivory, and you’ll find it here:

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  225. uofmstudent says:

    Can canvas shoes be broken in that way as well? I have two pairs of canvas flats that have a pinch in my toes…

  226. Susan says:

    Thanks for this tip..just tried in and impressed with how much more comfortable my shoe is now. I had a problem with one shoe and I have been wearing them around the house to break them in but this has solved the problem so again thanks so much!

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  239. kerry says:

    I have my first pair of kurt gieger courts but are a little tight in places around the toe do I’m Deffo going to try this little trick !!

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  241. Jules says:

    Bought a pair of patent Dansko clogs last week and just tried this over the top of my feet, and WOW! What a difference! Can’t wait to wear them to work next week!

  242. Ida says:

    Thanks for the inspiration, Jillian! This worked great, so I used this tip in a post I just did about fashion hacks (linked back to you).

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