Shoes that feel as cozy as slippers in the store can become just the opposite after an evening out or a couple weeks of wear. And few stores allow customers to return worn shoes. The shoe's material and construction could be the problem, or it could be fit. "Sizes in even the most expensive shoes don't accommodate individual lengths and widths of feet," says Linda O'Keefe, author of Shoes: A Celebration of Pumps, Sandals, Slippers and More. Rather than burying the pair in the back of your closet, check out these 10 fixes for the most common is shoes. Photo by Getty Images
1. Too Tight Straps
While many leather straps stretch with wear, you can shorten the breaking-in process with water. H2O can gently stretch leather, molding it to the shape of your foot, says Meghan Cleary, author of Shoe Are You? Before you wear shoes out the first time, spritz them with "a light spray of plain water," she says. "Wear them around until dry."
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