1. Have your child put on thick socks before slipping on the new pair of leather shoes.
2. Blow-dry the shoes for a couple of minutes, specifically the tight spots around the toes and heels. To help create more space, ask her to wiggle her toes as you use the dryer.
3. Keep her feet inside the shoes until they cool. Have her walk around in them in regular socks to test the comfort level and overall fit. If they’re still snug, do steps one and two again.
A version of this article appeared in our September 2015 issue with the headline, “How to stretch out tight new shoes”, p.42.
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