How to widen shoes: 7 ways to cope with smaller shoes

Articles Oct 09, 2019 11:35

Are you venturing your feet into cramped, slightly smaller shoes? Maybe it's because you bought the wrong size of shoes, or maybe it's a gift from your friends. But whatever the reason, what should you do now?

Wearing the wrong shoes for a long time will tighten your toes. If you are wearing shoes that are smaller than your feet, try these ways to widen them and avoid the risk of causing foot problems.

7 ways to widen your shoes

1. Use a dryer

The most useful way to "turn" your little shoes into "wider" ones is to use a hair dryer at the highest temperature, to heat them. The glue, leather and plastic-based materials inside the shoe will stretch a little. To do this more effectively, wear your shoes with socks and start heating until you feel the shoes really fit your feet.

How to widen shoes: 7 ways to cope with smaller shoes

Also, since many shoes have heat-sensitive glue, you should be careful. This will not work for shoes made entirely of PVC, and it can damage vintage shoes. Most leather shoes can be slightly heated on the outside without any problems.

2. Use an ice pack

You will be completely surprised with the change of the shape of your shoes when applying this method. Put a bag of water inside your shoes. Make sure the water does not leak out, then put them in the freezer for 8 hours. If you're concerned about hygiene, clean the shoes first, or wrap them in plastic bags. You can rest assured that the next morning you'll be more comfortable with your shoes. You may skip this method if the shoes are too expensive, especially classic vintage shoes.

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3. Put socks inside the shoes

How to widen shoes: 7 ways to cope with smaller shoes

You should do this as often as possible. When you're not wearing your shoes, fill the shoes with a lot of old socks. This will take longer time, and the results are sometimes not as satisfactory as when you use heat and ice.

4. Wear your shoes to walk around the house

This method usually applies to newly purchased shoes, but your feet are still not used to them. New shoes need time to adjust to your feet, so walk back and forth in the house to make them more relaxing. Make sure they won't cause redness, or irritation for your feet though.

5. Keep your shoes dry

When you expose your shoes to moisture, they can shrink. That's why it's important to keep the silica gel packs that come with your shoes. They absorb moisture and keep your shoes dry. Instead of wondering how to wear shoes that are too small, you should take care of them more scientifically.

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6. Use shoe stretchers

How to widen shoes: 7 ways to cope with smaller shoes

There are special tools designed to stretch your shoes a little, as well as fix the shape of your shoes. This is also the recommended way to preserve expensive shoes that you rarely have the opportunity to wear. Preserving your shoes properly is also one step after you widened your shoes.

7. Buy shoes at the right time

Instead of having to widen the shoes when you already bought them, try consider when to buy shoes. Do not buy shoes in the morning. Do it preferably in the evening. That's when your feet are most enlarged, maybe 8% difference from the morning.

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