It’s no secret that I’m a fashion over function gal. There have been only a few times that this has gone tragically wrong for me – like the time that I wore white shorts and a pink sequined top to go with my cousin to look at a horse she was thinking of buying. In my defense, it was my birthday and I knew I wouldn’t actually be riding a horse so it seemed appropriate. In retrospect, I could have paired my top with a pair of jeans and some riding boots, but I didn’t actually own riding boots – so there you go.
It’s also no great secret that I LOVE to wear heels, but let’s face it, not all are made the same. Sometimes the pitch is too high for the placement of the heel to be comfortable. I recently was faced with a dilemma for that very reason. I was doing my fall closet audit and came across my favorite pumps. They serve no practical purpose other than I’m completely in love with them, but they KILL my feet. I had already tried the wear them with socks for a couple of hours. Then the soak your socks in isopropyl alcohol and wear them around the house. Then the soaked in alcohol, socks and a blow dryer trick. NONE of them worked. Needless to say, I was devastated. Was it time to let them go, consign them and try to replace them or was there another solution?
To the internet! (How did we function prior to Google?!!?) I came across several articles on how to stretch shoes and I thought I’d give it a go on my own before resorting to a professional. (I’m no quitter! Though some might claim that means that I’m just plain stubborn.)
Freeze your shoes…what?!!? I figured it wouldn’t hurt at this point. I filled my ziplock bags with water, shoved them in the shoe box and placed them in the freezer. I did have to warn my family members to not worry about the shoes in the freezer, that I had meant to do that, but they’re used to me trying new things so gave me the oh so familiar shaking of the head combined with their well mastered eye roll.
Guess what?!!? The joke’s on them…It (kinda sorta) worked, there was hope on the horizon. Admittedly, I did have to perform this operation several times on this pair, but it worked. The down side is that I now have shoes waiting their turn for freezer intervention, but it’s what’s best for us both to live a long and happy life together.