How to Stretch your Christian Louboutin Heels or Shoes if they are Too Tight

Sometimes when you’re in the heat of the moment, and you buy your size in shoes to go with a fabulous designer bikini, you find out that the shoe designer’s sizes run way too small, and now you’re stuck with a pair of shoes you can’t even wear because they’re so tight.

Also, a lot of times, a pair of heels might continuously rub in one certain spot, making it impossible to wear for long periods of time. If this is a problem you have had, then really, you need to see this video.

how to stretch christian louboutin shoes if they are too tight so they dont hurt

how to stretch christian louboutin shoes if they are too tight so they dont hurt

A lady taught me how to stretch my shoes years ago, and I haven’t had to break in a pair of shoes the traditional way since.

I use this method on all my Christian Louboutin heels because right out of the box, they are so uncomfortable you really can only wear them for short amounts of time. After you see my method, it’ll seriously change the way you look at and wear heels.

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45 replies on “How to Stretch your Christian Louboutin Heels or Shoes if they are Too Tight

  • Um I love her and wanna be her friend. The sock trick wasn’t working until I heated them up!! Heeey! To get the size and the pitch of the heel right you have to downsize a half but it makes the top too tight!

    • Aww thanks!! You’re So Sweet!! Lets Be friends! YEah the Heat is the trick! The sock is just to protect your feet from the heat!! 😉 LOL, theres no magic with just the sock. Its all in the heat. Also, the sock adds a bit of sizing as well when you’re heating it with the hair dryer. The thickness of a sock is what… maybe 2mm or 3mm? So you add 2 socks… you’re getting approx .5cm added space around your foot. SO.. if it was tight before (which is was or you wouldnt try it)… the sock adds a buffer around the exact shape of your foot. SO really… I guess both parts work together. really you can’t have one without the other!! Im So happy it worked for you!!! XOXOOX Jen

  • You saved my life! I ordered my size (it was the last pair) and I was crushed that they were too tight in the toes! Now they fit like a glove! xoxoxo

    • Stacey!!!! Thats AWESOME!!! You made my day. You’re Very Welcome. Yeah I know what you mean!! Been there big time! IM SOOO Happy this worked for you!! Another tip… in between wears, it’ll help if you stuff ’em with rolled up socks in the stretched area if you aren’t wearing them too often. That way, they’ll keep their width and wont settle back
      XOXOXO

  • Omg! This worked! I have the seava flat disco glitter sneaker…..Instead of 2 pair of socks…I put on a very thick sock! Thank you soooooo much!! I was devastated that they were tight…because they are sold out!….Thanks a bunch!!!

    • OMG KiandraC! Im SOO happy this worked for you!!! Yes wow so cool to know that a thick sock can work just as good, thanks for sharing!! The main point of the sock is to give you some room, and also to protect your skin from the heat so you don’t hurt yourself. So cool to know that a thick sock works just as good!! XOXO Thank you SO much for telling me about it and Im so happy it worked for you! Oh my gosh it has saved the day so many times. So funny when Im out and girls say their shoes are uncomfortable… Im like… “wow sucks to be you LOL.. don’t know know the trick?!!!”
      So happy your shoes are rescued! And your feet 😉 LOL XOXO Jen

  • Thank you… Thank you… Thank you!! My fiancé purchased a pair of Christian Louboutins as a gift for me to wear at a party we’re going to next week. He was so excited to buy these for me, I didn’t have the heart to tell him they were tight and uncomfortable around my toes. I started to panic at the thought of wearing the shoes the entire night and how much my feet were going to hurt my feet. I did what any respectable person would do, I googled it and found your video. I piled on the socks, fired up the hairdryers and voilà.. I have a pair of beautiful and comfortable shoes. Thank you so much for your video and my feet thank you too!!

      • HI! Heel slipping up… do you mean… the back of the shoe falling off your heel? Or is the heel of the shoe actually slipping around? I think if your shoes high heel is slipping around.. you need more trackion. GEt some new heel caps. also get more tracktion by adding red rubber vibram soles to the toe part. you’ll have perfect traction. If the shoe is slipping off your foot.. depends on what type of shoe? If the shoe’s heel is full and cups around the heel, then get a regular heel grip.I get mine at the dollar store, but they have them at Target too if you like to pay 5x as much. If its a sling back.. then u wana get a skinny little silicone heel grip strip. Its clear and I glue mine right inside the sling. Those Ive only seen at target.. theyre about $5 I think. then… if its still slipping then put a pad under the toe area of the shoe inside the shoe.. but like.. right where your weight is rested in the shoe. this will add a touch more size to your foot.. pushing it back a little more toward the heel grip, so that the grip takes hold. I do have the Strass Lady Peep 150s and those… dang.. one of them was so large I actually doubled up on the heel grips. HAd to becasue the next size down was sold out all over the world.. so I had to get what they had. I doubled up on heel grip on one side, and the other side didnt need it. If you need to double up… super glue one to the other.. or use e6000. tHats industrial strength adhesive from Target or home depot and its about $3-4 and its the best. E6000 works on crystals and metal and leather.. omg everything, but the best part is it wont run and stick your fingers together like super glue. Much cleaner Muah! XOXO

    • HI! maybe a could of minutes.. you’ll feel when the leather starts to give 🙂
      Patent leather is fine 🙂 please read my messages on the 24th and the 12th about patent leather. your main concern will be stretch marks, but its not bad, its kind of a necessary thing if they need to stretch a lot 🙂 thanks! XOXO

  • I have a question. I just got sime toot mignonne 1/2 size bigger, last pair, but I have a bad ankle and my right foot doesn’t comfortable like the left. I brought for my 50th bday party in December and won’t wear them until then. Should I do the sock fit now or close to when I’ll wear them. It’s awesome that you have a post for this issue. I thank you.

    • Aww congrats on the shoes!!!! and For lookin so hot! Ok so… If youre not gona wear them at all till that day… I would do it the day b4 with the socks and all and wear them a while. Then, store them over night stuffed full and tight w socks so they dont shrink back.. but make sure theyre totally cooled off Before you take them off!!!
      Then, night of: try them on as youre getting ready for your bday party. If they feel good then youre golden. If they feel a little tight then do it again…. but the thing is.. you’ll be getting ready so prolly sitting and your weight wont be in them… so you’ll need to allow some time you can stand in them w the socks, and they might not have time to cool all the way this time, but if you let them cool kind of on day-of, and so theyre mostly cool… then it should be ok to jsut take the socks off then… right when youre going out… so itll just mold to your foot, but wont be too hot.
      Also… I would recommenced to get some moleskin from the pharmacy section of Any store.. target Walmart, wherever… cut it into some 1 inch squares. That way… throughout the night.. if you feel pressure anywhere, or rubbing, since theyre new and your foot isnt accustomed to them.. you can pop one of those squares on… and no pain. Its kinda like putting a bandaid on in the area you need padding.. but more effective, and its more like a proactive approach.. so you put it on b4 you get a blister and prevents getting one at all, rather than getting a terrible blister and then putting a bandaid on it and living in pain. 🙂 Happy Birthday!!!! XOXO- Jen

    • HI! the heat was fine on the patent for me… please read my response to the other comment on oct 24… see it can cause stretch marks, but thats not because of the heat.. thats just beacause of the stretch. The only materials Ive had a bad effect from the heat was pony hair. the heat began to singe the hairs, so dont do that! Also because this has happend to me, I wouldnt try it on my python shoes.. the scales in python skin are so delicate. I wouldnt even try heat on that. But leather, patent leather… any of that.. should be just fine. Its cowhide and so resilient. 🙂 xoxo

  • Hey there, thank you for your tip! Can this be done on patent louboutins ? I’ve just bought a pair (ordered online!) and my toes look all squashed Not a good look and can’t imagine wearing them for too long.

    • HI!!! YES! the first pair i did it on was patent leather Louboutins! The thing you should atch out for though is.. if you stretch patent too much it can get stretch marks. Like a belly when a lady is pregnant. Theyre not too noticable.. but it can happen.. and not just with this method, but even the old fashioned method at the shoe shop. Thats why the shops try not to stretch them very much. That 1st pair I had had stretched at least 5 times and the guy wouldnt do it anymore because he didnt wanna be responsible for messing them up… so I did it cuz I wanted to be able to tolerate wearing them!! Otherwise.. what good are they in my closet, and re-sell value isnt much, so I’d rather wear them. The stretch marks look like… jsut ok.. have you seen ripples in a girls breast implants when she has saline? Its just a ripple where it gets thiner… its really not that bad and it wasnt in a super noticable place.. it was just on the sides where you need it stretched the most … cuz thats where your foot will push most and stretch it… So really I think if youre going to stretch patent.. this would be the way I would do it, so that you only get the stretch marks where its absoluetly necessary. rather than random.. as it would be if they were stretched at a shop 🙂

    • Of course!!! You know it would be better if you stuff them w something to keep the shape. Maybe socks or a shoe stretcher or shoe tree. You dont wanna have to do this every time, but if you leave them they can go back 🙂

  • Hi there beautiful I just received my first pair of Red Bottoms for my Bday last month The Velvet OTK Boot . . Soooo sexy & I’ve barely worn them :(( Too Tight in the Toe & A Sz. 12 I will definitely try this.. & update you… I’m hoping the heat won’t affect the Velvet.

    • You might want to be careful on the velvet. I have not tried it on velvet and this is really more for leather and fake leather. you might burn the fuzz. I know it burns pony hair from personal experience. So I might start in a un-noticable area and if the velvet starts to fray at all, stop. Velvet.. what is the backing? Is it cloth? If its cloth you might be better off using shoe stretcher liquid or even water. If its got a leather backing then you could heat it up inside before putting them on.THe velvet most likely doesnt need to stretch, its most likely the backing that is holding the shape.

  • How long do we heat them up for? I bought a size 41 because I normally am a size 11 but they are too tight in the toes. I don’t know if I should size up .5 then stretch them out or try and stretch them out in the size I have! (I don’t want to mess them up they are my first pair) Thank you !!

    • Tina!! Thanks for your comment! It sounds like this isn’t your size.
      In my experience Louboutins run a full size too small about 95% of the time.
      I’m USA size 8, and 39 louboutins most always fit me perfect. I’ve only got a couple 38.5s that fit, & I do have a 40 that fits.
      Girl… if you’re size 11 I’m saying u need to get back to the store before it’s too late & exchange it while u still can & I would advise you don’t try to stretch it because if you do, you most likely can’t take them back.
      I know 8 is 39. And I know 9 is usually 40. Therefore I’m gonna assume 41 is 10.
      I would try a full size up if possible!! But At Least a half size or you’ll be in agony for sure.
      Hope this helps!! Please let me know what u end up doin
      Xoxo

      • Oh yeah and regarding how long to heat… depends on the material and the thickness of it. I did a pair yesterday that had spikes over the leather and I swear the spikes were preventing the heat to reach the leather so it took longer than ever, but it still worked like a charm. What is the material you are stretching? Patent leather? Regular leather? Or something else? I’d say at least 3 min… you’ll feel it loosen up & you just go with how it feels. Your heart will know! LOL, it’s true though, you’ll just feel it 🙂

  • Hi!! I need help please! Got my first CL shoes, the mad boots. I’m usually a 8.5 and so I got a 38.5 bc the 39 felt too big on me, of course I tried on with panty hose instead of socks. Now they’re completely sold out. I’ve been wearing them for about an hour and they feel a little tight especially on my right foot. I’m doing the heating trick but their heel is about 1 inch max, how can I put more of my weight on it. Btw first time I’ve seeing you and my impression is that you’re that girl everyone wants to be friend with!!! Thanks for your help!

    • Hi! Omg you are in a pickle! Ok I’m going to help. & aww you’re so sweet thank you! That’s such kind words.
      Ok please explain: what do you mean when you say “their heal is about 1 inch max”?
      I don’t uunderstand what that means or why would it prevent the heat trick from working… just wear them & heat them up. The heat trick doesn’t matter how high the heel is, you can do this on flats!
      I’m gonna tell you though your shoes are a good full size too small!
      You’re gonna need to heat them a lot.
      Also… what I did on some flats recently when they rubbed my toe too much… after I heated them up Good, I popped a nail polish bottle into the toe & jammed it in there… so it would force up the leather in the area where my toe was rubbing..& then set that way for a day… that helped …& then I didn’t have to wear them the entire time!
      Definitely do the heat trick… you should feel them loosen up. & then maybe jam something in there to hold the shape even after you take them off.

  • Hi I have just purchased the twistissama Strass patent and silk 8.5 shoe.
    I’m normally a 38 but the straps were loose around my skinny ankles! The lady reccommended I try on the 37.5 and it did fit my foot more snug. Problem is, I’ve bought them and they are really pinching at the toes. Should I take them back for next size up? (If I do I will need closer holes punched in the strap) or should I just try break them in. Will the mesh material stretch enough? Will my toes still be crushed with the size 38?
    Feeling stressed and welcome your thoughts!!!

    • HI! Thanks for your message. Oh my goodness take them back! GEt your size girl for sure! I can’t believe the sales lady said to go smaller! THe only reason she would have done that is she wanted the sale and she could tell the loose strap was a point of contention for you.. and that you hadn’t noticed the pain yet of the smaller size. Oh no! GEt the one that fits! Are you kidding LOL.. a strap is nooo problem at all. You can add a new tighter hole in like 2 minutes yourself with a steak knife or better yet, a safety pin!

      Just use a dang saftey pin, and shove it through the leather in the strap right where you need it. Perfect new hole. Then put the buckle through it, it’ll be a tight fit in the hole at first, but it’ll stretch just right to the hole after some time wearing it.

      If you keep the tighter shoe, you’ll never be happy with them, but if you get the size you know is right, and you add a hole, you’ll still need to stretch those out over time, but at least you will wear them and not regret them!! You know what I mean!?

      Hope that helps XOXO Jen

  • Hello! I really need some help; Like most commenters, I got a pair of shoes in my size that I bought online, and wasn’t able to try on this or any other pair. It mentioned it ran small, but typically I have toe room and a half size up usually is too big! Now a half size up is what I need ASAP! The shoes are out of stock and no longer sold, and are the Debout Disco PVC heels. The bottoms are leather, pointed tip of the shoe is. . .I honestly don’t know what material it is, but it’s hard and contains bits of holographic foil in it. The rest of the shoe is PVC. I read somewhere that it’s risky with PVC, but I’ve tried the toe taping trick, and currently have a shoe with a bag of water in the freezer to try and help it expand. I have a Dyson and am ready to use it so long as it doesn’t ruin my shoes! Thank you so much for all your awesome help!

    • Hey Paula! Actually this whole thing was intended for PVC originally, I just found out it worked for leather also when I tried it, and I do it all the time now. The first few times I did it back in College was PVC. Youre fine.. try it, I think you’ll be happy with it. The problem with doing the ice trick on pvc or any shoe for that matter is that it doesnt necessarily stretch the leather or pvc .. it forces outward without really stretching the material first, which is why that can tear the glue or rip out where the material meets the sole. So, I wouldnt do the ice, no way. DEfinitely youre so OK with PVC.. thats the EASIEST material to do the heat on, by far! Let me know how it goes!! XOXO Jen

      • Jen!

        So I got a cold but tonight with the help of some wine I decided to put my beloved shoes to the test. I wore one ankle-length sports sock (A more ‘average’ sock) under a huge fuzzy sock (Like what you wear in the video.). So people don’t get concerned, here’s how it happened to me with my PVC, pointed toe shoes that were a size too small:

        1. OMG can I even get this shoe on?! Oh–I can. Both shoes? Color me surprised. Still, the socks are so thick and shoes too small I need to stand in them to ensure my foot is all the way in.

        2. OMG JEN HATES ME AND ALL PEOPLE MY TOES DEAR LORD MY TOES

        3. I bet this hair drier thing won’t work and will take forever to warm up–ow ow ow hot hot HOT!!!!@

        4. At this stage I did what you did in the video, putting all my weight onto the shoe, giving even heat coverage, walking in them; A few things I did that I didn’t see you mention was wiggling my toes and stretching them apart, as I have shoes with a pointed toe that make me suspect there’s a conspiracy to make women love things that hurt us–AKA pointed Louboutin’s!

        5. The shoes are hot–or rather, my toes, specifically, are too hot to keep the hair drier on them. I take them off the heat and change sound laundry, grab wine, and strangely, scare one of my cats into hissing hysterically at the sight of me in big fuzzy socks and stilettos. Both my cats are stylish but my main kit-kal-gal-pal is willing to tolerate this awkward fashion moments to create a better fashion moment. Dude cat isn’t. Weird.

        6. I sit and, with the shoes being room temperature, take off the shoe, the big fuzzy sock, and put the shoe back on.
        It. Freaking. FITS. JEN IS AMAZING! JEN DOES NOT WANT MY TOES TO SUFFER ALL SUPPORT JEN!!!!!
        I do the same with the second shoe which is a tad tighter. Both don’t give my little toe the room it needs for me not to consider having it amputated to wear shoes (People have actually done that!). I put the fuzzy’s back on, pour some wine, and sitting on a foot stool, hit the shoes with the hair drier for another 5 to 10. Being PVC, the process seemed to go WAY faster than even in your video, probably being plastic and a thin layer of it.

        7. I place around but mainly put focus on the toes and especially stretching them apart, which hair drier or not, the shoe isn’t about to let me deform it, so that’s nice. Finally I take the shoes off, the fuzzy socks off, and try them on.
        This time the socks under the thick ones–the tighter, normal socks–for the first time extra fabric gathers at the toes! I slip these socks off and the shoes on.
        And. They. Fit.
        Perfectly.

        I still may give them one more heat blast later, but Jen, I can’t thank you enough for sharing this method. You saved the pair of shoes I love the most!!!!

        • HI Paula!! YAY!!! Im So happy this Worked for you too!!! Im so happy you love your SHoes!!! Will you follow me on instagram and then I can follow you back so I can see a pic of your shoes!! XOXO <3 Jen .. My instagram is this: @watervixenswim

  • Another materials question! I have a pair of suede Louboutins and also a sort of satin type pair. What’s your thoughts on the heat trick with them?

    • Hi Una!! Suede should be just fine! I think Satin Too. Most likely the satin ones would have a thin leather liner inside for the foot. I’d still try it. XOXO Jen

  • You. Are. A. Lifesaver! I just purchased my first pair of Louboutin’s, and was told a size 37 should fit my size 7 foot perfectly. As you guessed, the toes were soooo tight, and I was utterly disappointed! All that money for nothing! Except, your video came along, taught me a new shoe trick, and voila! Louboutins that fit!!! I showed this to my best friend who runs a high end/designer thrift store, and we have decided you need to be our friend; so you can teach us this sort of things! Haha! Thank you for sharing! You are awesome!

    • So sweet of you! I’d Love to be your friend! And Im So sorry about the Sow response! Ive been traveling all over with my new Boyfriend 🙂 <3 So fun! YES!! Im SO Happy it helped!! XOXO

  • Hi, my laboutins are tight in the toes but ok round the heel. Should I just wear half a sock round my toes do you think? Worried if I a wear whole thick sock my shoes will stretch in the wrong place and toe box will be better but shoes may slip off my heel?

    • HI Caroline!! I wouldnt worry, half sock or full sock is ok.. the only place its gonnna stretch is wear you put your heat! So just focus the heat where you want it. The sock is really just to protect your feet from the heat, and to provide the push once the leather loosens form the heat. Either way will be fine, just put the heat when you need it 🙂 XOXO

  • Just watched your video and I’m trying it out right now. I got the new prive patent leather peep toe 120mm and the sales person told me to go at least a 1/2 size up ( which I did). I’m normally a 7.5 so I got the 38. I keep reading different opinions on a 1/2 size to full size up. My right foot the back of my foot keeps sliding out it’s just the toe box that’s killer! However my left foot is my fatter foot and LORD my toes are numb right now lol I’m really praying that I can stretch these bitches out bc I really don’t feel like returning them! Do you think I should’ve gone a full size up? I don’t like when my feet fly out of pumps in the back.

    • HI Danyella!!!! Please excuse the slow response! Ive been traveling with my new Boyfriend 🙂 :D!!!!
      YES!!! I always go up a full size, with very few exceptions… only when the shoe runs way bigger than normal. But yours seem to run just about right, which is a full size too small. ITs crazy the store ladies dont know this. Probably because they dont make enough to afford shoes like this rhemselves so they dont really know other than trying it on for a minute or 2.
      If your shoe slips off in the back, get a heel grip pad. If its a sling back, they sell a gel heel grip at target. It wont stick on very good with the self adhesive, so what I recommend is get some e6000 glue from Target or walmart, home depot.. anywhere. Anyway, get that glue its the best for this type of thing. Anyway, try it out with the self adhesive 1st to make sure its the right fit, then glue it for good with the e6000. It’ll never move after that unless you really really want to be rid of it and work it off at some point. As for the tight one, yes try the stretch trick if its too late to take them back, but for real I’d try to go a ful size big if possible. When its not possible then do the heat trick and also store them with shoe shapers or stretchers logded in there. a brand called foot-fitter makes a shoe stretcher for heels. Ive bought some before and I find that if you do heat and then store them with the stretchers lodged in there, then they wont shrink back down like it sometimes can if left empty. Then also you can twist the handle from time to time and give them a little more stretch, but I would heat them up any time youre gonna stretch them so that the stretch and give somes from the leather loosening up and not from pulling at the seams of your shoes. xoxo
      Jen

  • Hiiiiii how are you . I need help. I am usually a 27 and i have the LB Bianca patent leather . I got a 27.5 and i can’t go more w the length because then it would be too big . But my toes are kind of tight . I’m not sure if i can stretch them or bring them back .

    • HI Cheleah! Im not sure what you mean by 27…. 27.5.. if that is perhaps in a different country sizing than Im used to.. I didnt know Louboutin made any smaller than 35. Maybe you meant 37? 37.5? Anyway, either way, yes I do advise going a full size up when possible for comfort

    • HI VAlery! Thanks! Glad you love it!! I havent tried it personally on suede, but people have told me its fine. You know, what I would do.. this is what I would do with any new material of which Im not certain… how about you try some heat on it in some not obvious place, and see if its fine? Thats how I found out you do not do it on pony hair! It cinged the hair a bit, and I noticed it before it became obvious, I just saw a couple hairs curling so I stopped. I dont see any reason why it wouldnt work on suede, in fact I think it would probably work better than any other materials really, but always rule of thumb, if you’re not sure, just check a little before you go all the way 🙂

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