A shoe stretcher is a device that is used to stretch or widen the shoe in order to fit better on your foot. There are many different types of shoe stretchers. They come in different shapes and colors. Each different type of shoe stretcher is used for for various shoes such as high heels, bunions, women or men’s boots and dress shoes. A shoe stretcher work best on natural materials like leather or suede. Man-made materials like polyurethane and vinyl don’t have as much give, and tend to revert back to their original shape overtime. If you have shoes that have man-made materials then you will have to re-stretch the shoes again later on. You should leave the stretcher in the shoe for 6 to 8 hours and then check for fit. It may take 1 to 2 days to achieve the right fit.
One-way shoe stretcher is best for a shoe that is too narrow and pinching at the toes. A one-way shoe stretcher frees up space in the toe box which helps to widen the shoe for a better fit. For additional stretching at pressure points you should insert spot stretching plugs. These plugs will help prevent your shoes from causing bunions, corns and calluses. This stretcher is used for flat shoes, sneakers, dress and casual shoes.
Two-way shoe stretcher is best for a shoe that is generally too small (too narrow and not long enough). A two-way shoe stretcher lengthens and widens the entire shoe. You can insert spot stretching plugs for trouble spots to prevent bunions, corns and calluses. These shoe stretchers get rid of “too tight” problem with new shoes and reduces the break in period. This stretcher is used for flat shoes, sneakers, dress and casual shoes.
Boot stretcher is used for a boot that is too narrow. A boot stretcher loosens the toe area while spot-stretching plugs give you additional pain relief at trouble spots. A boot stretcher helps to reduce the break-in period while preventing pain and blisters. While a boot stretcher is used or works on most boots, a high heel boot stretcher is needed for high heel boots and western boots require a western boot shoe stretcher.
A high heel shoe stretcher is needed for a high heel whose toe box is too narrow. A high heel shoe stretcher widens the toe box so there is less pressure on your toes and the balls of your feet. Spot stretching can be used for targeted relief from bunions, calluses and corns. High heels come in many different heel heights so there are high heel shoe stretchers available in two sizes such as 1″- 3″ heels and 3″- 6″ heels.
A toe box raiser is used for a toe box that’s too tight up top. A toe box raiser helps to prevent chafing by alleviating pressure at the top of your toes. The toe raiser is specially designed tool for stretching the toe box of your shoes. It is made of rubber tree wood and stainless steel and reduces shoe break-in time. The toe raiser works on both left and right shoes.
Vamp and instep raiser is for a shoe whose vamp area is too tight. A vamp and instep raiser stretches the vamp (the top part of a shoe that covers the instep and toes), alleviating pressure on the instep of your foot.
A cast iron ball and ring shoe stretcher is for people who are dealing with nagging foot related issues such as bunions, corns, and hammertoes and need spot stretching in trouble areas. A ball and ring shoe stretcher is made of cast-iron steel which is an effective way to loosen pressure points overnight. This type of stretcher reaches areas other stretchers cannot so it is an ideal complement to a one-way or two-way shoe stretcher.