Three Reasons Why You Need A Shoe Stretcher

3 reasons you need a shoe stretcher Trimly

Ever worn your new shoes to work and had this happen?

You get to work and you're feeling and looking pretty good. But by mid to late morning, your shoes start to pinch. Maybe you begin to walk a little funny. By lunch, however, your new shoes have become walking torture chambers and you're hobbling about like you're walking on hot coals. 

In this blog post I give you the top 3 reasons why you need a shoe stretcher.

1. You have odd shaped feet

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but for most of us, one foot will be bigger than the other - and we don't even know it. My left foot is a 10E (borderline EE) while my right feet is a 10.5E. That's a half size difference. Similarly, if you have wide feet, you will most likely have to do a bit of negotiating with your leather shoes to get them to fit. To make things more complicated, our feet actually change shape over the course of our lives. The result of oddly shaped feet is that people have been wearing the wrong-sized shoes for years. A shoe stretcher is the best tool to use to make each shoe fit correctly. 

2. You want to break-in your new shoes ASAP

The type of leather used and the thickness of the sole will affect the break-in period of leather shoes. Without going into the types of leather available, essentially, the thicker the leather the longer the break-in period. If you've purchased a pair of shoes from a reputable British manufacture, for example, the shoes will almost always be made from a quality grain leather on the thicker side of the scale. It is not uncommon for a pair of quality leather shoes to take up to four weeks to properly break-in. Shoe stretchers can be used to dramatically reduce the break-in period. 

3. You have blisters, callouses or sore toenails

These ailments are sure signs your shoe is not fitting perfectly. The shoe may be too tight around the toes, or too narrow across the instep. Ignoring these injuries will mean your skin hardens and can even affect your joints. This may lead to further complications, such as bunions, corns or ingrown toenails; none of which are particularly pleasant. A quality shoe stretcher will come with bunion plugs that can be used to alleviate pressure points around the shoe, which in turn promotes good foot health. 

Yes, Shoe Stretchers, you really should

Wouldn't it be great if shoes could be made perfectly for our feet? Sadly, in a world where scale rules and bespoke costs, we often buy shoes that are not designed for our foot's shape. Apart from being painful and distracting, ill-fitting shoes can lead to other health complications.

Boot Stretchers

A men or women's shoe stretcher - relatively inexpensive and a durable product - will quickly and easily get those shoes fitting like they should.


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I see you have shared this post on your Facebook feed. I read this blog about a month ago and left it at that. Last week I had my feet measured and, you guessed it, one is larger than the other. Look out for my order. Rich.

Aug 24, 2018


Hi Mel, that’s a good question. Gor-Tex shouldn’t really be stretched, as this may damage the membrane or stretch the micro-pores, which could lead to material failure. However, I’ve read that Gore-Tex liners don’t last all that long anyway. As you’ll appreciate, manufacturers use many materials, with different patterns and different manufacturing techniques. All of these factors will influence how well, or not, the hiking boot/shoe can be stretched using our stretchers.

May 23, 2018


I’ve been told that hiking boots that have a waterproof lining like gore-tex cannot be stretched. Do you think that this is true?

May 23, 2018


Hi Kelly, our current shoe stretcher model isn’t designed for ankle-high boots. However, we’re about to start manufacturing run for a boot stretcher, which will be perfect for your boots. Unfortunately, it will take about 6 weeks before we will see them.

Apr 25, 2018

Kelly Kilgour:

Will your shoe stretcher work for a pair of Suede Columbia hiking boots that are high up to above the ankle or is there a boot stretcher version?
Thank you.

Apr 24, 2018


Hi, my friend bought one of these and they are really good quality. Do you ship to Japan?

Mar 14, 2018

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