It’s happened to all of us slipping on a new pair of UGG boots and thinking they’re the perfect fit, only to find when you’ve taken several steps that things have suddenly become more than just snug. To prevent those disheartening moments, it pays to spend some time stretching out your boots beforehand. 

With my own painful experience fresh in my mind of having spent an afternoon straining my legs in boots that were simply too small for me, I thought I knew all there was to know about how best to stretch out UGGs. However, after researching the, I quickly realized there might be something more under the surface! I

I’m going to share what I discovered everything from which tools are needed right down to pointers for achieving maximum success with stretching out your UGGs like a pro!

Preparing for The Stretch: Gathering The Tools And Materials You’ll Need

When preparing for a stretch project, gathering the right tools and materials is crucial. Here are some common tools and materials you may need:


  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver set (Phillips and flathead)
  • Power drill
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Utility knife
  • Chisel
  • Sander


  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint rollers
  • Drop cloths
  • Safety goggles
  • Gloves
  • Safety mask

Remember, the specific tools and materials required will vary depending on the nature of your project. Assess your project’s needs and gather the appropriate tools and materials accordingly.

The Freezer Method: Expanding Your Ugg Boots with Ice And Plastic Bags

I experimented with different methods and learned valuable lessons along the way. Each method offered its own benefits and considerations, depending on the material and construction of the boots.

Method 1: The Freezer Method

The freezer method is a popular technique for expanding Ugg boots. Here’s how it works:

  • Then, I filled two plastic bags about halfway with water. Make sure to use sturdy, leak-proof bags.
  • I insert them into the boots, ensuring they conform to the shape of the boots.
  • I place the boots with the plastic bags in the freezer and leave them overnight.
  • The next day, I remove the boots from the freezer and let them thaw for a few minutes. Once the ice inside the bags has melted, I carefully remove the bags from the boots.

I was amazed at how the freezing process expanded the boots when I tried the freezer method. The ice acted as a gentle force, gradually stretching the material. However, it’s important to note that this method may not be suitable for boots with delicate or embellished materials, as the freezing process could damage them.

Method 2: The Wet Method

The wet method utilizes water to soften and stretch Ugg boots. Here’s how you can do it:

  • I use a spray bottle or damp cloth to lightly moisten the exterior of the boots. Avoid saturating them with water.
  • Then, I put on the damp boots and walked around in them for some time. The moisture will help soften the material and allow it to stretch to your foot shape.
  • You can use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to accelerate the drying process if desired. Make sure to keep a safe distance from the boots to avoid heat damage.

I found the wet method to be effective in gradually stretching my Ugg boots to fit comfortably. 

Method 3: The Heat Method

Applying heat is another technique that can help loosen and expand Ugg boots. Here’s how to do it safely:

  •  I use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to warm up the interior and exterior of the boots. Move the dryer in circular motions to evenly distribute the heat.
  • After warming them, I put on the boots and walk around while they are still warm. The heat will help relax the material and allow it to mold to your feet.
  • Once the boots have cooled down, I remove them and allow them to air dry naturally.

The heat method provided quick results in expanding my Ugg boots. However, it’s crucial to use low heat and be mindful of the boots' material. Excessive heat can cause damage, so it’s important to use caution and test the heat method on a small area before proceeding.

Stretching Specific Areas: Targeted Techniques For Widening Problematic Areas

Many of us struggle with certain areas of our bodies that seem tight or resistant to stretching. Whether it’s tight hamstrings, inflexible hips, or stiff shoulders, these problematic areas can hinder our overall flexibility and limit our range of motion. However, with the right approach and targeted techniques, we can gradually make significant improvements.


Tight hamstrings are a common issue faced by many individuals, often due to prolonged sitting or lack of exercise. To stretch this area effectively, try the seated forward fold. I sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of me. Slowly reaching forward, aiming to touch my toes or grasp your ankles. I hold this position for 20-30 seconds, breathing deeply and gradually increasing the stretch.


For those struggling with tight hips, the pigeon pose is an excellent option. I start in a push-up position and bring my right knee forward, placing it behind my right wrist. I slide my left leg back, keeping the foot flat on the ground. Gradually lower my torso toward the floor, feeling the stretch in my right hip. I hold for 30 seconds before switching sides.


Stiff shoulders can be a result of poor posture or repetitive motion. To improve flexibility in this area, try the shoulder stretch. I stand tall and extend my right arm across my chest, placing my left hand on my right elbow. I gently pull my right arm closer to my body until I feel a stretch in my shoulder. I hold for 20-30 seconds before switching sides.

Maintaining The Stretch: Tips For Preserving The Expanded Shape Of Your Ugg Boots

Now, I will share some tips for preserving the expanded shape of your Ugg boots.

  • When you’re not wearing your Ugg boots, it’s crucial to store them correctly. Avoid leaving them in a cramped or folded position, as this can cause the boots to lose their shape. 
  • Avoid drying them near direct heat sources, such as radiators or heaters, as this can cause the sheepskin to shrink and lose its stretch. Instead, let them air dry naturally in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight.
  • To further preserve the expanded shape of your Ugg boots, consider investing in boot shapers. These devices are designed to maintain the boots' form by providing support from the inside. 
  • Proper cleaning is essential for maintaining the quality and shape of your Ugg boots. Use a gentle cleanser or specially formulated Ugg boot cleaner and a soft brush to remove dirt and stains. 
  • While it’s tempting to wear your Ugg boots every day, excessive wear can cause them to lose their shape more quickly. Try to alternate between different pairs of shoes to give your Ugg boots a break and allow them to regain their shape. 

By following these tips, you can ensure that your Ugg boots maintain their expanded shape and provide optimal comfort and style.


From my own experience, I hope these tips have helped you to safely and efficiently stretch Ugg boots, leave mink oil on your boots for the appropriate amount of time, and prevent faux leather boots from squeaking. Stretching your boots isn’t always the answer so listen to your body and its limits when engaging in potentially strenuous activities. Lastly, don’t forget to invest in quality materials if you are looking for long-lasting results. As a concluding call to action, challenge yourself to try out these steps and see how successful your efforts are. Who knows, there is a pair of too-small shoes just calling out your name!

Sniper Jones
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