We are taking a family cruise in January, I will be referring to it a lot between now and then, and I want to make some glittered shoes to take. I searched the Goodwill and thrift stores, looking for the perfect shoe. I want something that I can wear with dresses, but I don’t want a real high heel because there is a lot of walking involved and I want to be comfortable. I also want a little flat ballerina style shoe that can be either dressy or casual.
I finally found these two pairs of shoes when I was with my sister, at her Goodwill and I think they are going to be perfect.
There is one problem though, the red shoes are very narrow and I can barely fit my
big fat wide feet in them. Aren’t they cute, I almost want to wear them just like they are.
I did a google search on how to stretch shoes and to my surprise, I found this ridiculously easy method. Are you ready for this? Drum roll please…
You freeze them. Yes that’s right, you freeze them!
This is what I used:
Vinegar and ammonia
The first thing that I did was to mix some vinegar and ammonia with water and cleaned the inside of the shoe real good.
Then I filled a baggie no more than half full of water. Squeeze all of the air out of it and make sure it is sealed good. Now comes the fun part, shove the baggie into the shoe, making sure to get it as far into the toe as you can. I wanted to make sure that the baggie didn’t flop around, so I put a rubber band around the shoe to help hold it in place.
OK, now go put your shoes in the freezer over night. When the water freezes it will expand and stretch out the shoe. Who’d a thunk it?
This is what it will look like when it is frozen.
Hopefully you will get lucky enough to be able to just pull the frozen baggie out. If not, you will have to wait until it thaws enough to loosen up and come out.
The last step, and most difficult for me, is to put your foot into the frozen shoe and wear it around a while until it forms to your foot. I put a slipper sock on for two reasons. First, because the shoe is freaking freezin’, and secondly, I wanted to make sure that it stretched out enough.
Depending on how tight the shoe is, you may have to repeat this process a few times to get the fit you want. I only had to freeze the right shoe once but I had to do it twice for the left shoe.
Now, what color glitter should I use on them?
(or more importantly, when am I going to put some tanning lotion on those legs?)
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