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How Do I Choose the Best Shoe Stretching Spray?

Some colognes are suited for softening shoe material.
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 August 2014
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Finding a pair of shoes can sometimes be challenging, and over time they can become tight if you haven’t worn them in a while, or can be too tight when they're first purchased. You can use shoe stretching spray, which typically softens up the material and allows it to stretch. To choose the right spray, it is generally not difficult because many stores and online retailers sell it. Some shoe sprays are better for certain materials, such as leather; many can be found according to the manufacturer of the shoe, or by the reputation of the maker or retailer.

Many shoe stretching sprays are suited for leather, whether it is real or synthetic, while some are better suited for use with suede. You do, however, typically want to consider the type of leather or other material that makes up a shoe when purchasing a spray. Shoe stores often sell sprays, so you can ask someone at a store what kind of spray works best with the particular shoe you plan to purchase. Some types of shoe spray can be made with a formula that is designed to soften and help stretch stiff materials.

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Also important is what is required along with the shoe stretching spray. Some shoe sprays come with kits that include devices designed for appropriate stretching without damage. These products can also re-size the right areas so the shoe is comfortable and remains stretched after the device is removed. The goal is typically for permanently stretching shoes, because otherwise the procedure may need to be performed again.

Sometimes liquids such as cologne or alcohol are suited for softening shoe material. You can stuff the shoe or wear it to stretch the material, while freezing often makes stretching faster if objects, such as socks, are stuffed inside. Homemade alternatives to shoe stretching spray sometimes work, but it generally helps to find the right shoe stretching sprays based on what you have and what an expert says is the best type to use.

When purchasing a shoe stretching spray, finding a reputable retailer can make a big difference. The wrong spray may actually weaken the material instead of softening it, thereby ruining the shoe entirely which can make it completely useless. A dealer can also explain how and where to apply the shoe stretching spray so that it is more convenient to get it to the right size.

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