Solving the Tight Vintage Shoes Conundrumcomments (2) June 25th, 2008
Finding the perfect vintage dress, T-shirt, or accessory has always been a passion of mine and I rarely pass up a chance to hit a thrift store or tag sale. If a piece doesn't fit, throw it under the sewing machine or cinch it in with a funky belt.
Shoes, however, are more difficult. The women of the past seemed to have smaller, narrower feet, and that makes it hard to make those circa-1970s velvet wedges work. Well, I've found something that does work if the shoe is just a size or half-size too small. It's Shoe Stretch spray by Meltonian, it costs less than $6, is available at most shoe-repair shops, and works like a dream. Just spray it on a natural-fiber shoe, inside and out, and wear that baby! It'll feel looser within an hour. This has proved far more useful to me than expensive shoe-repair services because this works by you wearing the shoe and it stretches to the specifications of your feet—nifty!
I got a secondhand pair of designer flats last week that were just a bit too short and I couldn't have been happier to have found this product.