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Shoe stretchers

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Whence Tue 17-Jan-17 08:31:24

I have bought two pairs of £10ish shoe stretchers and both have broken within a year. I do find them useful. Any recommendations? Or should I see them as disposable?

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Tue 17-Jan-17 09:21:33

Were they plastic? I bet if you got some old or even antique wooden ones they'd last.

Whence Tue 17-Jan-17 13:48:14

Wooden foot shapes with plastic turning parts.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Tue 17-Jan-17 14:52:54

They seem to replace all things that should be metal with plastic these days, even a lot of the "metal" is inferior. I'd go for the antique ones if I were you, they have some on Ebay, I know pricey but it'll pay you in the long run.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Tue 17-Jan-17 14:54:16

*quality well made stuff from years ago, you can't beat it.

Whence Tue 17-Jan-17 15:10:30

Obviously I mean metal turning parts!

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Tue 17-Jan-17 15:15:44

What's breaking then? Is the wood splitting or is it crap metal.

Whence Tue 17-Jan-17 15:25:37

The wood and metal parting company. The widening part won't reset. I thought I had over extended the first pair so was really careful with the second.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Tue 17-Jan-17 16:58:09

Oh right, what do you think of an antique pair then?

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