Just got a new pair of shoes and found out that they’re too big?
Fear not, there’s no need to take them back just yet or hand them down to your younger sibling.
I have a few things up my sleeve that will allow you to continue wearing these shoes.
These methods are quick and easy and should be the solution to too-big shoes as long as they aren’t overly huge.
If they are one or 2 sizes too big, that is good news because these methods are going to work.
How to Wear Shoes 1-2 Sizes too Big
1. Wear them as a Walking or Exercise Shoe
Your feet swell up at least one size when you do some form of exercise.
Blood rushes to your feet and hands and causes them to be bigger than usual.
One of the easiest fixes and requires absolutely no work required on your part is to simply use the too-big shoes as a walking or exercise shoe instead.
I say exercise such as mild walking or lifting weights, NOT running, tennis, basketball, etc.
Of course taking into consideration that the shoe is comfortable enough and offers enough support for walking and lifting weights.
2. Wear Thicker Socks
Another simple way to fit in your too-big shoes is to wear a thicker pair of socks.
You’re essentially bulking up your feet to fill up the empty space inside the shoe, making it more wearable and comfortable.
Some people might say wear multiple pairs of socks but I think this is a bad idea.
This can minimize blood flow to your feet and cause irritation and discomfort.
3. Fill the Shoes With Material
The toe box is the front of the shoe and your feet usually slide back and forth as you walk if the shoes are too big.
You can use anything from cotton balls, newspaper, tissue paper, toilet paper, etc.
However, keep in mind that this is not a long-term fix and should only be used for short situations such as going out to dinner, going for lunch, etc.
4. Replace the Insole
You can either replace the current insole with an even thicker one or use a new one insole well as the original.
This method works well for shoes that has excess space at the top of your feet and causes your feet to move around as you walk.
I recommend an insole that offers lots of cushioning.
This method is more of a long-term fix and requires money for new insoles, but it could be a permanent fix if you get the right insole.
5. Wet the Shoe
Wetting the shoe will shrink it slightly and hopefully stay that same size when it dries.
This is more of a hit or miss approach as some shoes may dry back to its original size and others might dry to the newer/smaller size.
I recommend dipping the shoe completely in water and letting it dry outside. Keep it under some shade so it’s safe from the suns harsh UV-rays.
Also be sure to read the care label for instructions on what not to do to the shoe.
Important note: Do not use this trick on suede, leather or canvas. It may discolor the material or leave unsightly watermarks!
Don’t Use Too-Big shoes for Long Periods of Time
Too-big shoes are not a good idea as it is, so wearing them for short periods of time is the best way to wear them.
Even if you use the tips in this article, nothing beats a pair of shoes that fit properly.
You’re also going to risk tripping over, ultimate discomfort, cuts and especially blisters since the shoes will be moving around as you walk.
Do Not Use Too-Big Shoes for Intense Activities
As I have stated multiple times throughout this article, I think it is worth mentioning again.
Vigorous sport activities require shoes that fit properly because they’re dangerous enough as it is.
Too-big shoes are going to make you uncomfortable and may cause injuries since you’re not use to the extra bulkiness on your feet.
That’s the key takeaway to this article and I hope you make the right decision.
Do you have any questions regarding this article? Please leave them in the comments below.