Wicked Step Sister Feet

I am no Cinderella, especially in the feet department.  I wear a size 9 – 9.5.  This was a problem when I was in China because the maximum size I could find was 8 – 8.5 (US).  Occasionally I gave in and bought shoes that I knew were too small because I was desperate for something.

Even after giving my sister THREE of the cutest pairs I bought while living in Shanghai (one I purchased in Macau and the other in Dubai), I still have a couple of pairs of shoes that are so small my feet hurt by noon.  I wore them last week and by the evening I thought I would need to give both pairs to Anna as well…until I started cleaning out my gmail account and found this video.

I decided to give it a try.

Based on my experience, the first thing I would recommend is not using Ziplock bags with a slider because they seemed to spill easier when putting the water in the bags.  In fact my shoes were partially covered with water which turned to ice by the time the shoes were “prepped”.  I am not crafty or domestic though so maybe you wouldn’t have had that problem.


I stuck them in freezer overnight and pulled them out in the morning.  After waiting the recommended 20 minutes I pulled the ice out.


I was not immediately able to test out the stretched shoes since there was a layer of ice from the spilled water/ice in two of the four shoes.  One I did try them out, I did not find a significant difference from the original size.  I guess it makes sense because the main problem with the shoe size is the length.  Maybe I need to get one of those wooden shoe stretcher things like this.

Has anyone ever tried either of these methods and been successful?  Anyway, good luck to all of you who like me, despite good intentions, have a couple of shoe mis-buys.


sara January 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Ohhhh, you tried the freezer method! I keep forgetting to do this, but Caley had great luck with it. We should ask her how/what she did.
.-= sara´s last blog .."Oompa loompas don’t sing in heaven. They tidy up the clouds." =-.

Cal January 25, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I had luck with it but had to do it 2 to 3 times on each shoe to get a significant change. It seems to widen more than stretch them lengthwise, if that makes sense? Let me know if you have questions about my success with it!

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