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Does it Work Wednesday: Stretch Genie

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Simply spray Stretch Genie on snug shoes and watch as it instantly stretches the shoes into a more comfortable fit, but Does it Work?

Tonya Beeson of Benton, Mo. is like so many of us who often wear shoes that are just too tight.  She's skeptical but optimistic Stretch Genie can "instantly" change that, so it promises.  The makers instruct you to simply spray their solution all over the inside of your shoes.  The liquid should relax the fabric or leather, instantly making your shoes more comfortable to wear.

Tonya and her friend, Amy, both spray Stretch Genie onto their high heels.  Both cringe and laugh at the slimy feeling left behind as they step into the shoes.  Both do say though they think the shoes feel a teeny bit more loose, but the results are not "mind-blowing."

To be official, we measured the shoes before and after we sprayed. We measured both inside the sole and outside to see. Our results found Stretch Genie only lengthened the shoe by about a centimeter.

The manufacturers recommend you spray the solution and then insert their expander tool.  Next, you leave the shoes overnight to get the full stretching effect.  We measure beforehand, and do just that. Exactly 24 hours later, our results were again about a centimeter in difference.  The shoes felt a little less snug, but not enough for us to spend $10 on the product.

It has me wondering if there's really anything in this liquid solution at all.

"That's what I wonder.  I'd almost just spray water!" said Tonya.

The minimal results and the sticky, slimy mess left behind in our shoes have us claiming the Stretch Genie is a "stretch" itself.  Our wishes were not granted.  It's a disappointing 'D' for Stretch Genie on this Does it Work Test.

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