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How to stretch suede

Updated November 21, 2016

Suede products demand attention to ensure proper care and an ideal fit. Stretching out a pair or suede trousers or shoes, for example, can make the difference between fashion items you keep and those you give away or sell. The trick to stretching suede -- a soft form of leather -- is to wear the items beforehand to identify exactly where the fabric requires stretching. Over-stretching -- especially in the wrong areas -- may only add to the problem, so take note when wearing suede fabrics.

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  1. Put on the suede trousers or shoes. Walk around, bend your knees, curl your feet and move your body in ways that test the flexibility of the suede. Note the areas that need stretching.

  2. Apply suede conditioning cream or stretch spray to the tight areas. Rub cream into the fabric with a soft, clean cloth. Follow cream and spray labels for application instructions. Apply only half the amount specified by the instructions while wearing the trousers or shoes. Purchase creams and sprays at your local leather clothing shop or fabric store.

  3. Remove the trousers or shoes and apply the remaining amount of cream or spray. Stuff newspaper into the shoes to keep them expanded while drying commences.

  4. Place the trousers or shoes in a warm room above 23.9°C (75°F). Allow 24 hours for the cream or spray to dry and stretch the fabric. Put the trousers or shoes back on and repeat the steps if tightness remains. Hot temperatures make suede expand.

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Things You'll Need

  • Suede conditioning cream or spray
  • Soft cloth
  • Newspaper

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.

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