Are your new trainers feeling a bit too tight for comfort? No need to worry, we've got you covered. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps on how to stretch trainers to ensure a perfect fit that won't cramp your style. Get ready to learn a range of tried-and-true methods to make your trainers feel as comfy as a pair of slippers. Let’s dive in!


Why Stretch Your Trainers?

Before we get into the details of how to stretch trainers, it's essential to understand why you might want to stretch them in the first place. Trainers, like any other shoes, may not always fit perfectly, and sometimes, they need a little extra room to accommodate your feet comfortably. Whether it's because your feet are slightly wider or you're breaking in a fresh pair, stretching can make a world of difference in comfort.


The Hairdryer Method

To use this method, grab two pair of thick socks and a hairdryer.

  1. Put on two pairs of thick socks.
  2. Put your trainers on. If your feet don’t fit inside the shoes, remove one pair of socks and try again.
  3. Use a hairdryer on a medium heat setting to blow hot air over the surface of your trainers. Every 30 seconds, switch the air to the other shoe.
  4. Move your feet and toes while the heat is being applied, to help the material expand.
  5. Keep the trainers on until they cool down, allowing the material to set in its stretched form.


The Ice Bag Technique

To stretch your trainers with ice you will need a freezer, a pair of plastic seal bags (the sturdy, freezer-safe kind) and some water.

  1. Fill each plastic bag with water until it's about half full. Seal them securely to prevent any leakage.
  2. Push the bags filled with water into your trainers. Make sure the front of the bag is in the toe box of the shoe. The bags should sit snugly, without overstuffing the trainers.
  3. Carefully put your trainers, with the bags inside, into your freezer.
  4. Leave them overnight, allowing the water to freeze and expand. This will gently stretch the material of your trainers.
  5. Pull your trainers out of the freezer the next morning. Let the ice inside the bags thaw slightly for about 10-15 minutes. This will make it easier to remove the bags without risking any damage to your trainers.
  6. Carefully remove the plastic bags.
  7. Try on your trainers to see if they fit more comfortably. If they still feel a bit tight, repeat the process with slightly fuller bags, until you achieve your desired fit.


The Shoe Stretcher Approach

For this approach you only need a shoe stretcher, a tool that’s specifically made to stretch shoes. Shoe-stretching inserts are adjustable foot-shaped objects, usually made of wood or plastic.

  1. Insert the shoe stretchers into your trainers and adjust them to the desired size.
  2. The stretchers will exert outward pressure and gently widen your shoes.
  3. Leave the stretchers inside the trainers for 2-3 days to allow the material to properly stretch and adapt to the new shape.


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