With age, as well as during pregnancy or changes in body weight, our feet change, and can actually grow by half and even a whole size. Remember to try out shoes at the end of the day when your feet are at their largest. Also, it is perfectly normal for the size and shape of the two feet to differ a bit, so make sure you try out both shoes before buying them.

how to shrink shoes

How to shrink shoes that are a size bigger and is it even possible?

When trying on shoes, it is a good idea to make sure that your longest toe has at least half an inch of space to the end of the shoe, and do not be fooled into buying shoes which feel much too tight, expecting them to break in and stretch in time.

To ensure that your new shoes fit perfectly, put them on and walk around with them at home, so that you have the possibility to return them and switch sizes, if you find that they are too small or too big.

Remember that wearing comfortable shoes is crucial not only for your heels, but also for your ankles, knees, your back and your overall posture.

Comfortable and well-fitting shoes will keep you happy and safe at the same time, so take the time to find the right size that fits you!

Wearing shoes which are half or a whole size bigger than what you wear, can not only look funny, but it can also be actually dangerous. Bigger shoes can cause you to slip and even fall while walking.

Thankfully, there are a few tricks which you can use to make shoes which are to half to one size bigger fit you better:

Shrink Shoes Techniques

The easiest fix is to place a pair of inserts or orthotics in the shoes and this will immediately make them fit snugger.

You can add a ball of cotton, foam or soft crumples paper in the toe area to make the shoes feel shorter and fit more comfortably too. However, we don’t recommend this one if you suffer from heel pain, instead either get good plantar fasciitis orthotics for a snug fit of get a pair of the special plantar fasciitis athletic shoes.

Naturally, wearing two pairs of socks or a pair of thicker socks will also make a larger shoe fit better, but wearing socks is not always a solution especially for ladies dress shoes.

If your larger shoes are flat and with textile uppers, you can sew on a small piece of elastic band for garments on the inner back side of the shoes to keep your feet securely in the shoes.

There are several methods, which involve the use of water and artificial or natural heat, but they are safe and work only for certain types of shoes, and should be performed with caution.

The first one involves spraying some water sparingly on you leather shoes, and using a hairdryer to blow them dry. Make sure you dry them from a distance, and do it with pauses, so that you don’t heat up the leather too intensively. Also, never soak your leather shoes in water, because this could permanently damage the shape and integrity of the leather.

After you are done with the procedure, make sure you apply sufficient amounts of leather conditioner on them to keep them from drying up and as a result of that – cracking.

If you need to shrink your tennis shoes by half a size, you can spray them with some water and let them dry in your dryer for about 15 minutes. Don’t use this method with leather shoes or other delicate shoes though.

Another technique that can be used is the water and heat natural method, by once again spraying the shoes and letting them dry out naturally outdoors. Keep them away from the direct sunlight though, because the sun can cause the dyes to fade and become duller.