October 12


2 Methods on How to Shrink Your Shoes: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Teddy

October 12, 2022

Have you ever purchased a pair of shoes only to find out once you got home that they were too big? It’s the worst. Your options are usually to return them and hope you can find another pair in your size, or to keep them and suffer through blisters and fallen arches. But what if I told you there was a third way? A way to take those too-big shoes and shrink them down to fit your feet perfectly? Well, there is—and I’m going to tell you all about it.

Method 1: Boil Them

What You’ll Need

Before we get started, there are a few things you’ll need to gather: 

– A pot of boiling water large enough to fit your shoes 

– A pair of tongs or chopsticks (tongs will be easier to use, but chopsticks will work in a pinch) 

– A towel 

– Your shoes (obviously) 

 got everything? Great! Let’s get started. 

Step One: Boil Some Water…and Pour it in Your Shoes?

I know this sounds strange, but bear with me. Fill up your pot with enough water so that it covers the entire shoe when placed inside—you don’t want too much water, but you also don’t want too little. Then, Place your shoes in the pot using tongs or chopsticks—again, tongs will be easier to use, but chopsticks will work if that’s all you have on hand. 

Let your shoes soak in the hot water for about 10 minutes or until the material is soft and pliable. Note: If you’re worried about ruining your shoes, test a small inconspicuous area first before submerging the entire shoe. Once you’re sure the material can withstand the heat, go ahead and soak away!

Step Two: Give ‘Em a Squeeze (or Two)

After your shoes have had a chance to soak, take them out of the water and squeeze them gently until they’re back in their original shape. Be careful not to squeeze too hard—you don’t want to break the material. Just give them a good squeeze until they look like they did when you first bought them.  

Step Three: Cool Them Off (Literally)

Once you’ve squeezed all the excess water out of your shoes, it’s time to let them cool off—literally. Place them on a cooling rack or any other surface where air can circulate around them and let them dry completely before wearing them again. And there you have it! Your shoes should now fit like they did when you first brought them home from the store. 

Method 2: Boiling Water & a Zip Lock Bag

What You’ll Need 

Before we get started, there are a few things you’ll need to gather: 

-Two Ziploc bags large enough to fit your shoes 


-A pot 



  1. Fill one of the Ziploc bags with water until it’s about halfway full. seal the bag tightly, making sure there’s no air inside. Repeat with the other bag. 
  2. Place the bagged water into the pot and turn up the heat until the water reaches a boiling point. Boil for 30 seconds, then remove from heat. Carefully pour out the water—being careful not to splash yourself—and set the bags aside to cool. Once they’ve cooled enough to touch, check that the bags haven’t leaked by feeling for moisture on the outside. If everything feels good, move on to step three. 
  3. Put your shoes—one at a time—into the cooled bags of water, making sure each shoe is completely submerged. Squeeze out any excess air and seal the bag tightly before moving on to the next shoe. Once both shoes are in their respective bags, place them in the freezer and leave overnight (or for at least 12 hours). 
  4. Remove your shoes from their watery grave and towel dry them off as much as possible—you don’t want any excess water seeping into your home when you walk around! Put them on and walk around until they’re dry; this could take a little while depending on how wet they were when you took them out of the freezer. And that’s it! You’ve successfully shrunken your too-big shoes without damaging them (or yourself). Now go forth and conquer whatever life throws your way—comfortable feet first. 


Whether you’re using the boiling water method or the Ziploc bag method, shrinking your too-big shoes is a relatively easy process. All you need is some hot water, a pot, some Ziploc bags, and (of course) a pair of shoes that are too big for you. Follow our simple instructions and in no time at all you’ll be strutting around in a perfectly fitting pair of shoes. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try this DIY shoe shrinking trick today!

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