I have short, wide feet with a high instep, so finding shoes that fit comfortably is a big issue for me. And the ones that do fit are often too expensive. I was so happy to find these 2-way stretchers! I tried them first on a pair of sandals that have always given me blisters. After using the stretchers for just one night, the sandals fit comfortably enough for me to wear them all day :) No blisters! The plastic buttons they give you for stretching problem areas are terribly cheap and flimsy, and some of them don't fit in the holes properly. That's why I only gave 4 stars. Also, word to the wise: the dark colored wood may leave marks on the sole of the shoes, so if you were stretching dress shoes with light-colored insoles you might want to cover the stretcher with a thin sock for protection.
I'm a shoe person, I LOVE SHOES!! but my feet are wide and it's difficult for me to find cute shoes that wont bother me. For Summer I love the strappy sandals but most of them would hurt my feet, well they used to. Until I came across this thru HSN and it started using it. WOW the difference it's amazing. Now I can buy any shoe that I like and I can afford knowing that I could streach them out in the "unique" way my feet are. This is my second pair, the first one broke ( I guess I used it too much). For the benefits I received I dont mind buying another one if I need to.
"what was the length of this shoe compared to what you expected" "what was the width of this shoe compared to what you expected" Seriously, someone needs to double check their web forms. THIS ISN'T A SHOE, OVERSTOCK. This is my first pair of shoe stretchers, so I cant compare them to others. They work. You shove it into the toe of the show, and turn the plastic screw until the hell part is in the heel of the shoe, and you turn the metal L until it's as wide as you want, and then you leave it alone for a day or so. It's got little plastic nubs that go into holes in the wood part, I use one to make a little extra room for my little toe. I did find that it left some sawdust like debris in the inside of my shoes, but that's an easy fix.
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