How to Make Your Tennis Shoes Longer

Do your shoes not fit well? Figure out how to make them longer or wider.

Are your tennis shoes not starting to fit well? Maybe you really like the style of the shoes that you wear or just don't have the extra cash to purchase a new pair. Maybe you have a hard time finding shoes that fit so you want to brake them in a little bit. If this is the case, there is a way to make your tennis shoes a little bit longer so that they will last a little a while into the future.

You can do this by stretching your tennis shoes out by using a shoe stretcher. Stretching out your shoes is not necessarily an instantaneous process and it can take several days in order to be able to stretch your tennis shoes to the desired length. Patience is key when you are going to try this.

First you have to figure out exactly why the tennis shoe isn't fitting well. Is it the width or the length?

It is usually easiest to simply buy a shoe stretcher as they are fairly inexpensive. Then you need to place the stretcher inside your tennis shoe and turn the knob on it until it becomes tight. You may also want to purchase some shoe stretching spray, which will loosen the material of your tennis shoes.

You can also make your own shoe stretcher using a couple blocks of wood and wooden shims, but this doesn't work quite as well.

Remember that you don't want to make your shoe stretcher too tight for the first day, or you may damage your footwear. Simply make sure that it is very tight and be patient.

After the first day, you may want to remove the shoe stretcher and try it out. If your tennis shoes still aren't long enough then you should repeat the process for another couple days.

By this time your tennis shoes should be a good half inch longer, and pushing the stretching any more than this is not recommended as you could damage your footwear. This is a great and easy way to extend the life of your favorite shoes and it is fairly inexpensive, so you should definitely try this method out.