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is it possible to streach road shoes(6 posts)

is it possible to streach road shoesishmael
Apr 2, 2002 4:50 PM
my left foot is half a cm shorter and it goes numb sometimes from pushing against the tip of my shoe...ideally id have two different sized shoes but thats not going to shoes are synthetic leather northwave shoes
Had the same problem-rideslikeagirl
Apr 2, 2002 4:57 PM
LBS had a suggestion if they didn't stretch after a few long rides.

Rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, inside the shoe, on the offending spot. Then push, push, push.

They actually had a solution (other than alcohol) that's specifically for stretching shoes. Check with you lbs or maybe a regular shoe store.
re: is it possible to streach road shoesMikeC
Apr 2, 2002 5:24 PM
I tried stretching Lorica (synthetic leather) road shoes with no luck. I sprayed them with the "shoe stretch" stuff they sell in shoe repair stores, then put shoe trees in them. No luck. I stuffed them with plastic bags full of water and put them in the freezer. No luck. Then I took them to an old Italian shoemaker who used his magic on them. They stretched about a quarter size after he worked them over for about a week, then they shrank back to their previous size in another week.
Finally, I turned a heat gun on them while they had shoe trees in them. The mesh panels melted, and they became completely useless.
Apr 2, 2002 6:15 PM
Order next size down so that your smaller foot fits and then file your larger foot down so that it fits the smaller shoe! Problem solved. =)
Apr 2, 2002 7:08 PM
yes ..i think that is the cheapest solution...but it might grow back....ill bind it..
Leather will stretch; most synthetics won'tcory
Apr 3, 2002 8:57 AM
The trick is to buy to fit the big foot, naturally. Shoes come boxed with the right ready to try on, the left stuffed with paper underneath it. My left foot is a little bigger than the right, so I have to dig all that junk out and try the left shoe. Shoe clerks (in the few places that still have clerks) hate it.
As for the stretch, though--none of the usual methods will work with most synthetic shoes. They aren't going to break in, either--what you feel is what you get.