Solving the Tight Vintage Shoes Conundrum

comments (2) June 25th, 2008     

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Laurel_Tuohy Laurel_Tuohy, member
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My new HG (holy grail) product.

My new HG (holy grail) product.

Photo: Courtesy of Shoe Shine Kit

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.

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Comments (2)

frygga writes: I have the opposite problem. What to do about shoes that are too big? I have tried inserts, and sometimes that helps. Any other thoughts?
Posted: 1:59 am on February 9th
sigridsoto writes: thank you for sharing
Posted: 6:01 am on January 25th
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