Like many leather items, moccasins will stretch naturally with wear. However, the shopper who has bought moccasins a size too small or who has particularly sensitive feet may want to leapfrog the usual wearing-in period by stretching out the shoes deliberately. Once the leather has moulded to the wearer's feet, moccasins are snugly comfortable. To get shoes that fit as though they were custom-made for you, buy your moccasins a little tight, then stretch them out gently at home.
Put on a pair of thick socks, and pull the moccasins on over them. If you want to stretch the shoes a large amount, layer two pairs of thick socks inside them.
Aim the hairdryer toward the parts of the moccasins you want to stretch, and turn it on at a high setting. Point and flex your feet under the hot air.
Wear the moccasins until they cool, then remove them and the thick socks. Put on your everyday socks, and try the fit of the moccasins over them. If you want to stretch them further, put the thick socks back on and repeat the heating and stretching process.
Apply a leather cream when you have finished stretching your moccasins to prevent the leather from cracking.
If you have wide feet, buy moccasins made of deerskin or moose hide. These leathers are particularly soft, so you can stretch them further.
Tips and warnings
- If you have wide feet, buy moccasins made of deerskin or moose hide. These leathers are particularly soft, so you can stretch them further.