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Thread: Off the topic of quilting for a minute - you might like to know this.

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    A while ago, I purchased a couple of pairs of naturalizer shoes (Leather) and after about a half hour, they really hurt my feet. My friend took me to her house and took away my shoes, boiled some water, put my shoes into the boiled water, left in the boiling water for a minute, took them out of the water, and let them cool down somewhat, and told me to put them on while they were still pretty warm - I had nylons on, we again when out shopping, my feet were feeling a little soggy, but you know after while my feet and the shoes dried out, and they are now the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. She told me to only do this with leather.

    She told me she has done this to many people and had terrific results - the Gyro ladies love her for sharing that information with them....

    Ok now back to quilting......

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    Great to know. Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

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    How interesting....did your jaw drop when she put your brand new shoes in the boiling water? Mine would have. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    How interesting....did your jaw drop when she put your brand new shoes in the boiling water? Mine would have. :)
    I think mine would have too! But it makes sense in the long run. Think about just how long it takes to break in a new pair of shoes by wearing them. I don't have time for sore feet, and don't particularly like being uncomfortable when I'm shopping.

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    I wear diabetic shoes. When I got my last pair, I was told to wear them for 15 minutes the first day and take them off. The second day wear them for 30 minutes and take them off. The third day wear them for 45 minutes and take them off. The fourth day wear them for 1 hour and then take them off. The fifth day wear them as long as I wanted to.
    It was the easiest thing to break in the new shoes. And its some good advice and I didn't get any blisters on the backs of my heels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    How interesting....did your jaw drop when she put your brand new shoes in the boiling water? Mine would have. :)
    I would have probably fainted or asked for a glass of vino....

    Amazing all those tips that work that we never would have thought of ourselves.

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    The slow break in sounds like a winner as well; however, the boiling water certainly sounds more exotic. What a way to entertain/shock friends after buying new shoes! Thanks for both processes.

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    When I was a kid, I lived with my grandparents. We always had horses. Anytime we got a new pair of cowboy boots, they went into the horse water and you wore them the rest of the day. Those boots fit like a glove.

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    I have a pair of naturalizers i'm going to try that with! Thank you for the information

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    WOW! makes sense now that we think of it!!! That's one of the reasons I've avoided leather shoes.....now I'll reconsider! Thanks for sharing!

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    thanks for the tip!

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    Good tip, I have a pair right now that I hate to wear as they hurt my feet.

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    OOoohhh yes I forgot that. I had a friend whose husband was in construction and he would do this with new leather work boots.

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    I have a pair of sandals I"m going to try that with. Was going to send them to the thrift store, but if I can wear them this summer, better yet! THANKS

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    Does anybody else remember doing that with a new pair of skin-tight jeans? Had to wear them wet until they were dry. (I wasn't allowed to wear them!)

    Good tip, thank you!

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    Hmm never thought of that. But I just got rid of all my shoes that didn't fit when I moved darn. I have used the Shoe Stretch though that comes in a bottle.

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    Any time you have a new pair of shoes that hurt
    all you have to do is wet a pair of socks
    put shoes on and as you wear them during the day
    they stretch and conform to your exact foot shape as it dries.

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    Half a century ago..okay, let's just say a lot of years ago I lived on a cattle ranch. The cowboys would buy a new pair of boots, pour hot water in them, dump it out and when cool enough wear the boots till they were dry. They fit nicely after that.

    In fact, I'd forgotten that and still have a pair of ultra expensive boots that I've been trying to get up enough nerve to give to Sally Ann. I'll try the hot water. Guess my forgetter's working nicely and my rememberer is off kilter lately.

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    you can also spray them with alcohol or use a broom handle to rub the spots where if hurts

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    Great tips!! Thank you :D:D:D

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    My feet are very difficult to fit - plus orthotics. I had a lot of trouble until I found a NZ company that sells shoes for approximately $250 per pair - no breaking them in, they were wonderful. Then, for financial reasons I suppose, they changed the last and now the only ones that will fit are a German brand which are usually $400 per pair! (I wait until they are on sale). It is an expensive price to pay for mobility.I would never put them in boiling water and part of the process is that they have a water protection treatment already applied- it would be like negating the purpose.

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    Great Idea! And it makes sense. I am buying SAS shoes for my trip, they don't require a breaking in period, but everything else I buy usually does.

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    it is hard to believe, they didn't come apart everywhere.

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    Thanks, I had 2 pair of shoes handmade while on a trip to Cyprus several years ago. They were tight and the lady told me to wear them and they would mold to my feet. Yeah, right... :thumbdown:

    I still have them and have nothing to lose if I try this.

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    The OP said they needed to be all leather ... Beware!! Not all "leather" shoes are "all" leather.

    If it works, great ... though I'd hate to ruin a pair.
    Better to start with them fitting when you leave the store!

    I have the worse feet to find shoes to fit. Add to that, the joy of wearing orthotics. I've learned my lesson on fitting ... and now am overly cautious when buying.

    I used to love shoes and shoe shopping and now I dread it! :(

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