The 10 Best Shoe Stretchers
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in December of 2016. You don't need to suffer through a painful break-in period for your dress shoes and boots if you make strategic use of a shoe stretcher. And once you get a pair just right, they can maintain a perfect fit. Also known as shoe trees, these handy devices are a must for prolonging the life of quality footwear and preventing unsightly wrinkles and creases. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
September 27, 2019:
When evaluating the best shoe stretchers we took into account the different kinds of shoes that people want to stretch. We included traditional cedar shoe trees like the Woodlore Shoe Trees and the Stratton Cedar that are designed to keep shoes in their original shape and offer just a gentle amount of stretching
While cedar is considered by some to be the best choice for a shoe stretcher, they don't stretch as much as they help smooth out wrinkles and creases to keep the footwear looking new. For those looking to add some real space in their shoes, the Styled Right 2-Way and the Keven Anna Adjustable can actually add a full size to some shoes, and they both come with bunion plugs that help add a little extra space in areas prone to blisters. They are plastic so this makes them more prone to breakage than the wooden choices, but a lot of the breakage occurs when users try to stretch their shoes past their limits.
The Houndsbay Bulldog is a more attractive wooden super stretcher that would be difficult to break, plus the unit has spaces to add bunion plugs, giving it some of the best features of the above two styles. But it's a pretty expensive choice because it isn't sold as a pair.