After my first pair of Pretty Small Shoes turned out to be too big, I re-ordered, this time a size smaller.
This pair of size 34 fit nicely in the heel and along the sides, but need a bit of stretching in the toe box before I can comfortably wear them out. I also had to stretch the toe box of my size 5 Cole Haan grey suede shoes, which I find gives me a better fit in the heel.
(I sized up to 5.5 in Cole Haan once, and my heel slipped even with heel pads. I take this to mean I either have a narrow heel, which causes me to size down, or I’m in between sizes.)
How do I stretch shoes you ask? Well…I cut the toes off a pair of thick athletic socks, which I put over my toes, and then stuff my feet (with the thick socks on) into the shoes. I wear them around the house for short spurts of time, and it slowly stretches the toe box.
Not the best remedy (you can also take them to a shoe cobbler for professional stretching, or purchase stretching sprays that help to make the leather supple and stretchable), but for some reason I get some strange satisfaction out of stretching them myself with my little socks. I’m weird…I know…but the shoe stretching spray is sounding better and better.
As for the Pretty Small Shoes, they’re beautiful, well made, and I finally found the classic pump I was trying to find the first time I ordered. Once I get them stretched, they should be a regular in my shoe wardrobe. So excited!
See my first post on Pretty Small Shoes.
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