October 13


3 Ways to Make Your Big Shoes Fit Better

By Teddy

October 13, 2022

Anyone who’s ever worn shoes that are too big knows that it’s not a comfortable experience. Your feet slide around inside the shoes, making it difficult to walk, and you end up with blisters. Not fun. But sometimes you just can’t resist those cute shoes that are a size too big—they’re too good of a deal to pass up! So what do you do? Luckily, there are some easy ways to make your shoes fit better so you can wear them without discomfort. Read on to find out how.

Option 1: Shoe Inserts 

Shoe inserts are products that are designed to be placed inside a shoe in order to improve the fit, cushioning, or support of the foot. They come in a variety of materials, including foam, gel, and even air, and can be purchased over-the-counter or custom made.

If you’ve ever had to deal with the frustration of shoes that are too big, you know that it can be a real challenge to find a way to make them work. One option is to use inserts, which can help to fill up some of the extra space and make the shoes feel snugger. There are a few different types of inserts that you can try, so experiment to see what works best for you. Foam inserts are a good choice for shoes that are just a little too big, while gel inserts are better for shoes that are significantly too large.

I have used inserts for almost all of my work and hiking boots. They seriously help the shoes and boots fit much more securely on your feet and prevent your foot from sliding around. I once bought a brand new boot for a few hundred bucks, and the half-size up was just the tiniest bit too big, and the half-size down was too small. All I did was get the one that was slightly too big and add shoe inserts and those boots still fit perfectly to this day.

Option 2: Socks 

Socks are a great way to make shoes that are too big fit better. They can help to fill up the extra space and prevent your foot from sliding around. Just be sure to choose a pair that is thin enough so that you can still comfortably walk in your shoes. If you’re not sure which size to get, it’s always better to err on the side of too big rather than too small. You can always wear two pairs of socks if you need to, but you can’t make a shoe that’s too small stretch. Once you’ve got your socks, put them on and then put your shoes on over them. If they’re still too loose, try wearing a thicker pair of socks or even tights. 

Personally, I have multiple different types of socks I wear depending on the shoe. My running and gym shoes fit much tighter so I have thin socks that I wear with them. While more stylish shoes might have a bit more room and stretchiness to them since, most of the time, comfort is more important. For more stylish shoes, I can just wear a thicker pair of socks, and boom they fit perfectly.

Many people underestimate how much wearing socks affects the fit of shoes. You can make small adjustments that will make you much more comfortable.

Option 3: Heel Grips 

If your shoes are slipping off your heels because they are too big then heel grips could be your go-to.

Heel grips are small pieces of silicone or rubber that are placed on the back of your heel, inside your shoe. The purpose of heel grips is to prevent your foot from slipping forward in your shoe, and they can be especially helpful if you have a pair of shoes that are a little too big. Heel grips also help to cushion your heel, and they can be used to adjust the fit of your shoe if you find that it’s slipping off your foot. Most heel grips are easy to install and can be trimmed to fit your shoe perfectly. Whether you’re looking to prevent blisters or just want to keep your feet from sliding around in your shoes, heel grips are a simple and affordable solution.


No matter what method you choose, just remember that making big shoes fit well takes a little bit of effort but it’s totally worth it in the end! Now go forth and rock those cute new kicks, even if they are a size too big. : )

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