Blisters, pressure points, and painful heels or toes—if shoes don't fit properly, it can really ruin an otherwise delightful walk. The problem is that very few shoes fit our feet exactly, because custom-made shoes are basically non-existent for most people. In addition, most people have different-sized feet and this often changes in the course of life. You can't always tell where shoes will pinch when you buy them. Unfortunately, most shoes only show their true colors after a long walk—meaning you have to learn the hard way.
There is a solution—you can widen your shoes. How stretchable they are depends not only on how they were made, but above all on the material they’re made of. As a basic rule, leather can be stretched relatively well—which is good news if you’ve bought new suit shoes for a fancy event. Wondering how to iron your clothes in preparation? Check out how to iron dress pants, here. If you’ve got sneakers or similar shoes, it's a bit more difficult because shoes made of plastic or textile fibers are harder to stretch out. Of course, you can still try!