If you drag out your party shoes only to discover they’re a tad too small, don’t suffer in silence all night. Stretch them out a smidge with a few pairs of socks and a hair dryer.
While the end result of larger shoes is worth it, you’ll need to put up with a few minutes of pinched toes to get the results you want. The Observer’s Sian Berry suggests you don a few pair of socks, stuff your feet in the shoes, and aim a hairdryer at the tight areas. For maximum benefit, flex and stretch your feet as you blast them with hot air.
Keep the shoes on while they cool, then try walking in them without socks to check the fit. If they’re comfy, you’re done; if they’re still snug, whip out the socks and hair dryer again until the shoes are stretched enough to get you through the evening.
To keep your shoes from shrinking in the first place, avoid getting them wet. Berry says:
Also, remember that water will make leather brittle so wet shoes should be dried gently, not placed in front of the fire or on top of a radiator. You can speed up the drying and help wet shoes and boots keep their shape by stuffing them with newspaper.
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How To Stretch Tight Shoes [Guardian]