How to Stretch Non-leather Shoes

Can you imagine the amount of pain someone can suffer from not being able to wear the new pair of shoes they have just bought? It is non-measurable. Not only is it not just a loss of money, but also a huge mental loss and the loss of a golden opportunity to impress others with the new shoes. Keep reading to know how to stretch non-leather shoes.

But grieving in this situation will not do any good if the shop has no return or replace policy. What has happened can’t be reversed now. You must make use of your big brain to get yourself out of this loss situation.

Normally you would have brought a pair of shoe that would fit perfectly in your feet. But maybe you have picked a shoe that has no size available for your feet. But the design is so gorgeous that you could not resist and ended up buying it.

Now you are in grief that why did you waste money on shoes that you can’t even wear. You would have been better off if you picked one that would fit in your feet.

If the shoes are made out of leather, then it would not have been a problem. You could simply use a hairdryer or a heat gun to heat the leather and stretch it to fit in your feet. But you ended up buying a pair of non-leather shoes that are too tight for your feet. But do not worry. Luckily there are ways of stretching non-leather shoes to fit in your feet. Let us have a look.

Tips for stretching non-leather shoes

Non-leather shoes require different techniques to stretch. Here we have some of those techniques described.

Use wet newspaper to stretch.

This is one of the easiest methods of stretching non-leather shoes and you can try it at home. All you need is a bunch of old newspapers and water. First, take the newspaper and roll them to make paper balls. Make them big enough for your shoe. Then, make them wet with water. Wait for the excessive water to fall out and then shove the newspaper balls in your shoes.

What you have to do next is place the shoes in a place where the wet newspaper will dry up fast. It could be on your balcony or in any airy place. Don’t use heat. The newspaper must get dried up by air/air-dried.

That way, the newspaper balls will increase in size when they dry up and will push your shoes from the inso6. The results will be an increase of about an inch. This shall be enough to fit your non-leather shoes in your feet.

Use peeled potato

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This is an old technique but it gives great results. All you need is a big enough potato that is slightly bigger than the toe compartment (Also known as the toe box, the part of the shoe where your toes fit in) of the shoe. Now peel the potato to match with the shape of the toe box and then place it there.

Before putting it on the toe box, wipe it clean with a tissue or a towel. Leave it for one night. The next morning take out the potato and give the shoes a try. Theoretically, there should have been an increase of nearly 50%. But if the shoes still feel too tight, repeat the same process with peeled potatoes. You must have patience. Repeat it twice or thrice. That shall do it.

Use shoe stretching spray

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If you are not a fan of DIY methods, then perhaps you can take the help of something commercial. Buy a shoe stretching spray and make sure it is for non-leather shoes. Apply it to the parts of the shoes that are tight. After that wear them in the house and give them a walk for some time.

This usually gets the job done. But if it did not, take the help of the previous two methods of shoe stretching. All of these methods combined with the spray will surely deliver your desired result.

Use the old heat and stretch method

Although we have mentioned that heating may not work with non-leather shoes for stretching, let us give it a shot. Trying won’t hurt you. Who knows, it might even work! For this heat and stretch method, you need a hairdryer or a heat gun and the thickest sock you can get on the market.

Wear the socks, and then wear the shoe. It does not matter if it still feels tight. Wear it and then start heating the back collar of your shoe. If things go in the right direction, you might feel the shoe loosen up. When it feels just right, walk around the house with them until they are cooled off. If they feel tight again after cooling off, heat them again and repeat the process.

Use the freezing technique

This is more like the wet newspaper technique. But instead of white newspapers, we are using ice. Take a pair of zip lock bags and put water in them. After that, shove it in your shoe. Make sure that there is enough water in the bag and they fit perfectly into the shoes.

Now put the pair of shoes in the freezer and leave them for the night. The water will be iced and increased in volume. This increase in volume will push the shoe from inside and it will stretch.

Visit a cobbler

If all of these methods above did not work out, then it is time to take the help of an expert. Go to your local cobbler and ask him to adjust the shoe according to your foot size. He will know exactly what to do and give you a permanent solution.


So there you have it. Follow these steps and you would be able to stretch your non-leather shoes. But next time please don’t rush and buy shoes of appropriate size.

You can also read: How to Stop Shoes from Rubbing the Back of Your Ankle?

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