It can be hard to find shoes that fit just right, especially if you have a wider foot. A pair that fits great in the store can feel uncomfortable when you get home and try to wear them for a full day. If you love your new pair and can’t bear to part with them, don’t return them just yet; you can stretch too-tight shoes in just a few hours.

Things You'll Need

Fill two one-gallon plastic bags about half full with water. Seal them tightly.

Place one bag inside each shoe, pushing the bag out into the sides of the shoe and up into the toe.

Place the shoes with bags inside them into the freezer and let sit for several hours until the water is frozen.

Remove the shoes from freezer and place your feet immediately into them (this may be uncomfortable for the first few minutes). Keep the shoes on your feet until the material warms. This allows the shoe to mold to the shape of your foot.


  • Make sure the bags are sealed tightly before you place them into your shoes — you don’t want any leaking.

  • This process works best on leather shoes.