Clogs have traditionally been associated with the wooden work shoes of Europe, but as they have moved to America, their definition has changed. Today, American clogs are comfortable slip-on shoes made of a tough leather. Because of their material, clogs tend to be harder to break in because the leather is tougher than most materials commonly used for shoes. Several techniques can be used to help the leather or wood stretch to fit the foot more easily.
Buy Well-Fitting Clogs
Buy clogs that fit your feet as well as possible. There should be room between your toes and the end of the shoe, and the width should not be too tight. When the clogs are manufactured to be as close a fit as possible, it cuts down on the need for continued stretching and helps the shoe last longer.
Freeze Water to Stretch Clogs
Fill a plastic zipper bag half-full with water. Place this bag inside of the clog, making sure that the bag fills the toe, heel, and especially the center of the shoe, then place the entire clog into the freezer. As the water freezes and turns to ice, it will expand and gently stretch the clog. Remove the clog from the freezer and wear immediately to continue the shaping process.
Wear the Clogs
Wear the clogs for about one hour per day. This will help the shoe stretch to the size and shape of your foot after the ice has stretched it slightly. If the clogs begin to hurt, do not continue to wear them for extended periods of time. Also remember to check your foot for injuries, such as blistering or callusing, and seek treatment for such injuries.
Rest the Clogs
For maximum stretching, allow clogs to rest between wearing. This gives the shoe time to relax slightly for a more comfortable wear. It will not undo any effects of stretching, though the shoe may feel tighter during the first use after resting because any cushioning effect to the leather will have returned. Resting the shoe can also decrease odor, decrease moistness, and help any cushioning rise again.
References and ResourcesThe Hairpin: How to Actually Stretch Too-Small Shoes
CDC: Take Charge of Your Diabetes - Foot Problems