07 September 2011
How to stretch Dr. Martens
To tell you the truth, my Dr Martens weren't all sunshine and daisies from the very beginning. I had some pretty heinous blisters, a dash of lost circulation and a sprinkling of bruises. My Victorian Floral Dr Martens were the worst. No cobbler was willing to put them on the shoe stretching machine since the boots are made of a canvas that would split at the seams before stretching. I'm not going to lie – I nearly cried. But there was no way I was not going to wear them!
I decided that I would keep them stuffed full of newspaper for a week and if they still did not fit, I was prepared to only be able to wear them for short periods. But after a whole week stuffed full, I can now wear my canvas Docs painlessly!
I got my boyfriend to stuff my boots, because he was better able to pack the boots as full of newspaper as possible.
My pink patent Dr Martens were much better fitting to begin with. They were still tight across the arch of my foot, but at least they weren't cutting off the circulation to my toes! All I had to do was spray on a little leather stretching spray and they were fixed. The best bit is that this stuff doesn't have an odour.