Using a shoe stretching tool is an effective and inexpensive way to get your shoes fitting right. In essence, a shoe stretcher expander is inserted into your desired footwear and is then safely and quickly stretched to free up space. This is a great solution for those with bunions, corns, hammertoes, or other progressive foot ailments.
Main Features of a Shoe Stretcher
Before deciding on which shoe stretcher is best for you, consider these important features.
Material - Different materials deliver different effects for your shoes while also contributing to their effectiveness. Cedarwood will better ventilate the shoe and reduce odor and remove moisture. The cedar scent is also a nice bonus to keep your shoes smelling great.
- Different shoe stretchers will do different things. Some can only widen your shoes, while others can both widen and lengthen your shoes. If you are wide-footed, it may be worth it to only purchase a widening shoe.
Also consider what type of shoe you need to stretch, a standard shoe stretcher is typically suitable for use as a sneaker stretcher, too, but may not work with high-top shoes and boots. Likewise, wooden shoe stretchers are arguably better for stretching leather shoes because of their ventilation and odor-stifling capabilities, so if you need to only stretch your leather shoes, this is something to consider.
If you need a boot stretcher, look for a specially designed option for the best results.
Size - Shoe stretchers come in variable sizes to best suit your shoes and it’s easy to find the right size for you when purchasing them. A shoe stretcher that is too large or too small will not be effective in your shoe, so check which size you’re buying.
Extras - You may find stretchers with additional features such as pressure pads to further ease pain around problem areas on your foot. These pads expand the parts of the shoe where you feel the most pain and make them more comfortable to wear besides widening or lengthening the shoe.
Durability - The durability depends on several factors including the material of the stretcher and the mechanisms. A wood and steel construction is more durable than plastic counterparts, although this may cost more. If you buy shoes frequently and need to stretch them every time, it’s important to think about how long the stretcher will last with consistent use.
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