How To Stretch Shoes

Remember when I blogged about the (cute) shoes that were killing my feet?

Well, I’m happy to report that my Rocket Dogs aren’t barkin’ anymore!

A whole bunch of friendly folks left comments on that post about using frozen bags of water to stretch them, and it totally worked! Woo hoo! A sweet gal named Margitta sent a link to this instructional video which was super helpful too…

I followed Michelle Phan’s video instructions to a T, and enjoyed wearing my newly-comfortable kicks all day yesterday! I’m talkin’ FOUR different flea markets worth of walkin’, baby!

The only problem I have with my shoes now is that they’re not the right color.

Here’s what they looked like on the Rocket Dog website I ordered them from…

Kind of a camel-colored corduroy, right? Well, as you can tell from my photo at the beginning of this post, they actually look more light beige than camel-colored in real life. Boo- but not the end of the world. Now, however, they’re a dirty beige color. Boo! See, when I took them out of the freezer to let the ice bags thaw, I accidentally left them in the sink for a few hours, versus the 20 minutes Michelle suggested in her video. Oops.

I stuck wads of plain white paper towels inside each of them to try and soak up some of the moisture, but when I pulled the paper towels out, they had black stuff all over them, and now my shoes have darkened because I guess the black stuff soaked into the fabric or something. ?

I washed them in the washing machine to see if that would help, but it didn’t seem to make a difference.

I wore them out flea-marketing yesterday because I was so excited that they were comfortable, but I’d really like them to look a little…cleaner. (Especially that left one- grrrr.)

So my next question for you, shoe-fixing-aficionado, is: can I/should I dye them a different color?


The girl with the newly-comfortable/newly-dirty beige-colored shoes. Especially the one on the left.

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  1. says

    Oh no I told you to soak newspaper (not to wet) it would have been a slower release of moister :( Mind you the colour is still nice hope you get to enjoy them now!! They do look sooo comfy :))

  2. Beverly Palmer says

    Layla, you are cracking me up with your shoe problems!!! Not that it is funny for you however and we do sympathize with you. But I think we’ve all been there with something that we really liked turned out bad/worse the more we mess with it and so on and so on. Honey, your living the shoe nightmare!

  3. says

    You remind me of my sister in law… she has shoes that are fifteen years old and she keeps them perfect because its one of those things for her that is important. She just keeps wearing them…

    I, on the other hand, have four pairs of dollar flip flops with paint spots on them that go on my feet when they are nearest to me as I fly out the door.

    I say call the website and complain. You didn’t get what you bought, whodoes business this way? Try to get your money back and try again.

  4. says

    THANK YOU for posting this video!!!!!!!! Curses to my too-wide feet because I usually end up buying pumps that slide right out the back as I walk => so my jeans usually end up IN my shoes or I look like a total fool who cannot walk in heels!

  5. says

    I have to be honest here, every pair of rocket dogs I have owned have hurt my feet, my sister too. I never tried the stretching thing though.

  6. says

    OMG! This is genius! How have I never thought of it before!

    Layla – I LOVE your blog! This is my first time here! The layout and web design is gorgeous, the content, even more so. Also, I LOVE Rocket Dogs, but they NEVER fit me! Always too big, or too small. I’m SO trying this ice trick!


  7. ethel says

    a long time ago someone told me that back in time in the south, there was amethod of stretching shoes with dry beans, and a brown bag ,or paper??–has anyone ever heard the old timers talking about this? thanks

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