There are plenty of tried-and-true methods out there to break in a new pair of shoes. Some are less expensive than others, while some are safer for your shoes than others. Here’s our countdown of methods ordered from least favorite to best based on cost, ease, and risk to the shoe.
Note: It’s important to note that advice for stretching shoes cannot possibly be a one-method-works-for- all mentality. Shoes are made from different materials that respond differently to stretching methods. They are also manufactured differently, so a particular stretching method may be fine for one pair of shoes, while the stitching of another cannot handle the stress. If you choose not to use a professional, you always run the risk of ruining your shoes.