I have a shoe that I've been using for close to a year now and now it feels very tight when I put it on, is there anything I can do to enlarge the size other than getting a new one?

I want to know if there's any other thing I can do to increase the shoe size without buying anything, i.e using something that one would normally find in a house


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Fill water in a plastic bag and put it inside the shoes and keep the shoes in the freezer. Water expands so does your shoes.

Source: How to increase shoe size

  • If I were to ask, how certain are you of your suggestion
    – Prince
    Oct 18, 2016 at 19:29
  • Adding references would be highly appreciated, so that I won't damage my shoe in the process of trying out your suggestion
    – Prince
    Oct 19, 2016 at 10:39
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There are many types of shoe stretchers from ~US$5 to ~US$20. There are videos demonstrating the use of the stretcher.

Also try thinner socks and, if you've added a cushion insole, remove it.

Finally, check your weight. Some people periodically gain and lose weight, sometimes due to water retention. This might be normal for you, or it could indicate a medical problem.

  • The weight / water retention hint is very good!
    – Stephie
    Oct 16, 2016 at 5:21
  • It's also possible for adult feet to grow without weight change &c. I used to wear size 10 1/2 through my 30s, now I wear 12-13.
    – jamesqf
    Oct 19, 2016 at 5:33

DrMoishe's answer (i.e. use a stretcher) is correct, but I'll just add one twist to it that I got from my girlfriend that makes it free and more convenient.

Pretty much every decent size mall has a shoe repair store (at least everyone I've been to). At these stores stretching is usually a free service that can be done within 15 minutes while you shop or wait.


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