For those of you who don’t live in the DMV, Liz Crenshaw is a news reporter who does a consumer report segment called “Does It Really Do That?” (Actually, it might be national, I’m not sure). The ones I’ve seen are on “As Seen on TV” products. Those of you who know me know that I’m a bit obsessed with that kind of thing and have purchased quite a few products over the years. Some have worked, some haven’t, but all of them were awesome in theory.
Now, before I get to my Liz Crenshaw-ness, a couple of things: (1) this is not a paid or sponsored post. This is me sharing my experience with a product and (2) I have really ugly feet. Prepare yourself.
My ugly feet and these even have been recently pedicured.
Sorry I had to do that to you, but it’s to emphasize my point. My feet are kinda jacked up courtesy of 1 break and years of high-heel abuse. One foot is wider than (thanks to the break and subsequent stress fractures), but if I buy “wide” shoes they’re too wide and regular with pinch horribly. Given this, I bet you won’t be surprised to learn I was extremely excited when flipping through the channels I happened upon an infomercial for “Stretch Genie“
What it purports to do:
Say goodbye to the pain and discomfort of tight-fitting shoes with the miracle stretching system that will customize the fit of your shoes. The solution penetrates leather to relax and soften fibers. Expanders have adjustable contoured knobs that reach narrow, tight-fitting areas. Specially designed expanders gently expand shoe width of toe box and heel. Provides immediate relief from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Eliminates the need to “break-in” shoes. Relieves discomfort from common foot problems such as bunions, corns, calluses, misshapen hammertoes, and uneven foot sizes.
What it does:
Well, so far it does what it says it does. I’ve tried it out on three pair of shoes. These two:
and one very similar to these, but I forgot to take a picture and I left the actual shoes in my office.
and I’m pretty pleased. I sprayed it in the toe area and it definitely made a difference. I think I will need to spray them again before the next wear, but I’m definitely ok with having spent $10 on the stuff. Some of the other reviews I saw complained that it didn’t stretch synthetic materials, but I know my Target $20 pumps are not real leather and it worked just fine on them.
If you have an “As Seen on TV” aisle at your CVS or Walgreen’s and some shoes that pinch, I’d say it’s definitely worth it. It’s only $9.99 if you buy it online or through the infomercial, but make sure to check the shipping and handling – they always get you on that!