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An old technique from shoe repair that you can do at home
on July 8, 2012
If you have a pair of shoes that is almost perfect, yet they rub in one spot (say, you have a bunion or a corn), you can use this kit to push out a section of the shoe leather to adjust the fit and make the shoe more comfortable. If you used to take shoes to a shoe repair shop to be adjusted, this is the technique they would use.
The kit consists of a solution (generally this is alcohol based) and a mold (knobs on a screw adjuster) that is inserted to stretch the leather at one particular point in the shoe. You spray the shoe and then insert the mold and adjust, then leave the shoe to dry and reshape itself at that point. I've had relatively good luck with this technique, but it is not a cure for badly fitted (too small, ie) shoes and some shoes just never feel good. So when you buy shoes, the old idea of "breaking them in" is pretty much not true. They either fit or they don't. But an adjustment for a particular foot issue can be a great help--for example, my feet have very narrow heels and sometimes, to get a shoe to stop flopping off my foot, the toe may be more narrow than I'd like.
This does not work on artificial leather, which lacks pores. Works on genuine leather, whether smooth, nubuck or suede.