stretching machine

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stretching machine

mechanical, expandable last, used to stretch shoe uppers; addition of bosses to the last creates site-specific stretch, to accommodate local deformity, e.g. hammer toe (Figure 1)
Figure 1: Shoe-stretching machine.
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A shoe stretcher on a shelf could well be more than 80 years old, Jan said.
Suitable for both left and right shoes, this beautifully grained, hardwood Shoe Stretcher features special attachments that position to custom stretch the shoe upper at specific pressure points for relief from bunions, hammer toes or corns.
An old door can become a mirror and a warning notice can find new life as wall art - even wooden shoe stretchers and empty weathered frames can be used as decoration.
As if this weren't enough, wooden shoe stretchers are used to make them even more comfortable.
The shoe stretchers come in two types: one that stretches the front toe box for bunions and hammertoes, and a two-way stretcher that can extend the shoe's length by a quarter to a half inch.