Antique Shoe Stretchers

We all love the old fashioned shoe thingys that we find 
in the antique and thrift stores….

We make hooks and hangers from them….

But do you know that they really work?

I mean they do really stretch shoes!

Recently I bought a pair of shoes that were just a little too tight, probably because I’ve spent the summer in flip-flops…

I was trying to figure out how to stretch them out a 
little bit without paying the shoe repair man.

I Googled how to stretch shoes and I found a lot of really interesting ways including putting water in ziplock bags then putting the shoes in the freezer. The ice expands supposedly stretching out the shoes….

Or how about the one where they suggest putting potatoes in your shoes…. I don’t know why and I didn’t read any further…


Then I saw a picture of a pair of antique shoe stretchers….


Hey! I have 2 of those… one for each foot even!

So I rummaged through my box of junk, pulled out 
the stretchers, and stuffed them into my shoes… 
and by golly they fit!

I wet the shoes with the stretchers inside and 
left them to dry for a couple of days….

And what do you know… 
it worked!

My shoes now fit perfectly!

They stretched just enough to make them comfy!
Go figure I thought they were just for decoration!


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Hilarious! I love when something we use for 'cute factor' is actually useful!

  2. You rebel you, Susan! Using something it is actually meant for! : ) I was actually thinking about these for a pair of shoes I have that could have used some stretching {I wound up buying a new pair}.

  3. cute shoes too! Glad it worked - joke's on us huh?

  4. too funny...never thought to really use them as intended....hahaha! thanks for the tip :) laurel

  5. I have some, but never thought of actually using them to stretch shoes. Son just said his new ones are too tight, maybe I'll see what I got to fix that! But pinned them as hooks.



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