Monday, April 06, 2009

Comfort and speed

Mentioning to a friend that some elegant shoes I had bought last year could only be worn for two hours before causing severe agony, she said she knew the solution: "Put on the shoes and stand in a bucket of water until the leather is thoroughly soaked. Then continue to wear them until they have dried out and they will mould themselves onto your feet and be perfectly comfortable." Does anybody know if this really works?

11 Comments:

Blogger kinglear said...

The other thing to do is get a proper set of shoetrees, slightly too big, and leave them to strech. Lobbs do a good job of stretching shoes for people.....

9:51 am  
Blogger Mopsa said...

Sounds like it could be an expensive way of finding out! Mind you, if you're not going to wear them again in their current state, what's to lose?

11:32 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did this by accident once by wearing brand new leather shoes to walk round London which got soaked in heavy rain. I didn't have any others with me so had to keep wearing them. I think they ended up being comfortable but it was a long time ago and was NOT comfortable at the time!!!
Liz

12:11 pm  
Blogger kinglear said...

... and PS for really comfy feet and a unstressed back, go for MBTs

12:13 pm  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Sounds like the original 501 Levi's jeans. You bought a size bigger than your normal size and sat in a hot bath for 30 minutes after which time they had moulded round your shape. Also your legs turned a nice shade of bleu as did the bathwater because of the dye. Man, they were cool. There was a special place in New York where Europeans bought them as Americans had lost the habit!
As for the bucket trick with shoes, I am not so sure. Why don't you try and report back?

6:29 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

That's a good idea, KL. (Not sure re MBTs - do you have any?)

Your anecdote is encouraging Liz. I assume you were able to wear them again and that they didn't look the worse for water?

OK Mopsa & ED - I'll try the bucket experiment over Easter and shall report back. I bet your Levis looked fab, ED!

7:55 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

WW- wife and several of our friends do - seems to work better for ladies than men.....

9:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I'd have to say they looked a bit 'lived in' after that but at least they were comfortable and polished up ok when I got home! I just hate walking around with soggy feet. L

7:40 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I wouldn't want to try that. I have a simple solution. I would suggest wearing them around the house with a thin pair of socks to give them a little stretch. That always works for me.

9:53 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'll have to try that.

10:55 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Ellee - I think I'll try your method before the other one - thank you!

9:26 am  

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