What is the purpose of putting shoes in the freezer?

How do I do it?

1. Fill your freezer bag with water and zip it shut. Place the bag inside your shoe, in the area of the shoe that you want to make larger.

2. Put your shoes inside the plastic bag and place in the freezer until the water inside the zipper bags have frozen. As the liquid freezes it will expand your shoes.

If your not screamish, put on your shoes immediately, the warmth of your feet will help the leather mould itself around your feet. You will deserve to have more comfortable shoes, after having put your feet inside freezing shoes!


04. The Ice Bag

If heat doesn't seem to be working, or your shoes aren't made of leather, there's a great way to stretch your shoes overnight. Fill two plastic freezer bags with water and place them in the toe of each shoe. Then stick your shoes in the freezer overnight. The water will freeze and expand to stretch out the toe. This method might take a little trial and error, since you don't want to overstretch the shoes but you also need to fill them with enough water to make a difference. In the morning, take them out of the freezer and you should have well-fitting, ice-cold shoes for the hot summer day!

Cushioning vs. shoe weight

If you decide to go for more cushioning, there’s a price to pay: it adds more weight. More weight means you’ll run slower and have to work harder to maintain your speed. 

For this analysis, we’ve pulled all cushioned running shoes from our database. Their cushioning level is rated 5-10, 10 being the plushiest. For each grade, we calculated average shoe weight.

To get the sense of what this means, the lightest running shoe in our database is a racing shoe that weighs 76g only (men, for women it’s 69g). The heaviest shoes go as far as 680g (with cushioning level of 7). 

02. Chunky Socks

If your blisters persist, it might be time to work on stretching out the shoes rather than protecting your feet. Put your chunkiest socks over a shoe shaper and stick them in your shoes overnight to gently stretch. If you don't have a shoe shaper, try using a potato! If you're in a pinch or dying at work, try wearing super thick socks with the shoes during your downtime or secretly under your desk at the office. Instead of walking around getting blisters, you'll be slowly stretching the shoe material with the bulkiness of your socks. 

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