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Do Shoe Stretchers Work?- The Solution To Kids With Wide And Extra Wide Feet

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Hello parents!

Has this happened to you before?

-You took your child to the shoe store…

-You got your child’s feet measured by a shoe fitter …

-You took the time to find a shoe style that your child loved…

-You had your child walk and run around the store to test the shoes out…

-Your child said he loved the shoes…

-You decided to go ahead and take the shoes home for your child…

-You get home, and your child starts complaining that the shoes feel too tight!

You are probably asking yourself: How is this possible?! These scenarios tend to happen more often to children who have wide or extra wide feet!

Maybe your kid’s feet swelled on their way home from the shoe store or they liked the shoe style so much that they didn’t say anything before just to keep the shoes.

I have been working at the children’s shoe store for over 6 years now, and certain kids’ have feet that are so wide that they wouldn’t even feel comfortable in the extra wide width shoes.

This is nothing abnormal since a lot of children have extra wide feet and you shouldn’t worry at all. However, it does make the shoe buying process a lot more complicated. In these particular cases, I always stretch the shoes where the widest part of the foot is to relieve the pressure on the foot from the shoes.

Has your child tried the widest shoes available but they still feel tight? I actually wrote a post where I describe the best wide and extra wide shoes for children. Make sure you re providing your child with the correct shoe width before getting a shoe stretcher! The post is called:

Children Extra Wide Shoes – Prevent Blisters, Calluses, And Corns!


Wide Shoes For Kids

What Is A Shoe Stretcher And How Can It Help Your Kids’ Wide Feet?

When you are fitting your child in a pair of extra wide shoes and the shoes are still not wide enough, you need to use a shoe stretcher to stretch the widest part of the shoe.

Parents have asked me this question several times at the children’ shoe store that I work for: Do shoe stretchers work? The answer is: Yes! They become extremely handy when your child has a wide to an extra wide foot.

This brings us to the question of what is a shoe stretcher? A shoe stretcher is a device that can be used to stretch a portion of your shoes. They can be used to stretch a shoe that might be not be wide enough. You can stretch any specific area of the shoe where your kid or even you the parent may be experiencing discomfort such if you have a corn, a bunion or you just need extra space around the toe box for your toes to move around comfortably.

Shoe Stretchers For Wide Feet

A shoe stretcher will also come handy for children or adults who have a high instep. Do you know what the instep of the foot is? It’s the top part of our foot. When children have a high instep they normally require a wider shoe or a show with a deeper end. If the correct shoe size was chosen to begin with, a shoe stretcher will definitely give you enough room to make the shoes feel more comfortable!

You can find a post I wrote where I describe  the best shoes for a child that has a high instep here:

Foot Pain In The Top Of The Foot – Stop Your Kids’ Foot Pain

Before you use a shoe stretcher, it is advisable to consider the type of material that you are treating since there are types of materials that simply are not compatible with any shoe stretcher. One good example of a shoe material that may not work with these products include that of vinyl, since there is a major limitation in the flexibility of this material.

The majority types of shoe materials can be used with the stretcher device. These materials include many different types of suede, leather,canvas, and linens. There are a large variety of shoe stretchers in the market today, and it can be confusing to choose the best one. I will show you the one I use at the kids’ shoe store that I work for and that has proven to provide the best results!

Kids Shoe Stretcher

What Is The Best Shoe Stretcher Product? The Secret Revealed!

One product I have personally tested and used many times while working at the children’s shoe store is called the PROFESSIONAL BOOT AND SHOE LEATHER STRETCH. This is a liquid shoe stretcher; which is ideal for stretching your kids’ tight-fitting sneakers, dress shoes and boots. It has all it takes to give your child that comfort their feet need when they are playing or running around!

This product has the best reviews from all over the world and parents are amazed by the excellent results it delivers! The directions are quite easy to follow:

  • Simply spray on your shoes and make sure you wear them to stretch to proper fit!
  • If the shoe still feels tight after applying the product, spray it again until you reach a comfortable fit!
  • The product comes in an easy to spray bottle and it is formulated to clean and stretch tight fitting shoes or boots!

Children with wide feet always struggle to find a pair of shoes that they can comfortably wear, and in most cases they have to end up choosing a style that they didn’t really love to begin with. This shoe stretcher can help kids wear those shoes that would have been avoided because of their wide feet!

4 Important Questions Parents Might Have About This Product!

1- Do I need to purchase the spray and the wooden stretcher in order to stretch the shoes?

Using the spray with a quality wooden shoe stretcher will provide the best results. However, I recommend starting with the spray, and if you don’t get the results you were hoping for, try it with the wooden stretcher.

2- If sprayed on the outside of the shoe, will it stain the shoe at all?

This product will not stain leather shoes and you can spray it in the inside or the outside of the shoes.

3- Can I use it in my kids sneakers?

It will depend on the material. It works on most kids’ shoes.

4- Can I use this product on patent shoes?

Yes. It actually works great on patent shoes!

 Shoe Stretchers For Wide Feet – The Solution To Wide Feet!

If your kids has wide to extra wide feet, and you have fitted them in the widest shoes available but they still feel too narrow, STOP hurting their feet and try these products!

At the shoe store that I work for, we carry every single pair of extra wide shoes that they make for children. If they make them. we have them! However, certain children that have really wide feet will benefit from stretching even the widest shoes out there!

When using this product, you should be extra careful in don’t stretching the shoes too much, since that will end up ruining the shoes. Only ease into the stretching process and consistently test the shoes. Keep asking your kids’ about how the shoes feel and once you reach to the point where they don’t feel tight anymore, you must  STOP applying the product!

I almost forgot about the importance of socks! If your child has wide feet, there are certain socks that will ft the shape of his or her feet better. I wrote a post where I describe the best socks for kids with wide feet and you can find it here:

Socks For Wide Feet – The Best Wide Socks For Kids

Does your child has wide feet? Do you have a hard time finding shoes that are wide enough for his or her feet? If you have found a particular style of shoe or a shoe stretcher that has worked well for you or your child, please let us know so we can all benefit from your experiences!



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14 Comments on Do Shoe Stretchers Work?- The Solution To Kids With Wide And Extra Wide Feet

  1. I had never heard of shoe stretching spray before, or a shoe stretcher either for that matter. Interesting. I know this article is about kid’s shoes, but I have always had a problem with shoes being too narrow. Now I know what to do!
    I appreciated you going over some frequently asked questions at the end. That cleared up a few questions I had.

  2. My son has the widest feet, and even when I get him wide shoes he complains of them feeling too tight. I am definitely getting a pair of this! I never knew something like a shoe stretcher even existed until now. I like how you included the types on shoes it will work best on also. Gives a good idea to your readers on the expectations of using this on certain types of shoes.

    Props to the person that invented a shoe stretching spray!

  3. My family has thrown many kids shoes away due to their children having wide feet and complaining about the shoes feeling too tight. I didn’t know that kids shoes could be stretched. I still remember my niece shoes being thrown away after wearing for 1 month as she complained about them feeling too tight on her feet.

    I think this article will save tons of money for our family in the future. The last part of the article answered all my questions. Thanks for the info here.

    • Maxx,

      Remember that shoes come in wide, and extra wide widths. It might be possible that your family is not getting the right shoe width to start with. However, if you are getting an extra wide width shoe and it still feels tight, a shoe stretcher will definitely help!

  4. Hello Juan,

    My niece has wide feet and she always has some trouble in finding a comfortable pair of shoes. We never used any kind of shoe stretchers so far thinking that it might not help.

    After reading your post i realized that the shoe stretches do help kids with wider feet. Also, the “Professional Boot and Shoe Leather Stretch” seems to be a wonderful product and easy to use (just spray it). I’m getting this product for my niece! Thank you!

  5. I had not heard of these devices before. Wish I had of!! My son has big feet and wide and I have spent many hours going from shop to shop to find shoes that fit. Because he wears a size 14/15 it makes it difficult to find shoes at all.I am getting one of this shoe stretcher to have for the whole family.

    • Shoe stretchers come handy when you have children with really wide feet. You will really get some good use out of it!

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