How to Break in your pinholephotographic Shoes

The majority of pinholephotographic shoes are leather and will stretch and break in to the shape of your foot. Below are some tips to help with this process. 

  • Put on your shoes to walk around the house for short periods. 
  • Wear them with socks during the break-in period to protect your feet and stretch the shoes more quickly.
  • Paper surgical tape or band-aids on hot spots can also help prevent blister during the break-in process. 

Moisture and heat are the two things that make leather stretch. 

Moisture: Lightly swab the inside of your shoes with rubbing alcohol or a damp cloth. Do not get the shoes soaking wet - just add a bit of moisture to the inside of the areas you want to stretch, just before you wear them around the house.

Heat: Blow dry over the tight spot for about 20 to 30 seconds, far enough away that you don't burn your feet. Then, take a quick walk around the room to loosen the shoe material while it's still hot and flexible.

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