How to make shoes fit better

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How to make shoes fit better
There are several ways to make a shoe fit better. (Photos.com/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

In a perfect world, every pair of shoes that we love would be comfortable right out of the box and fit our feet like a glove. As we know, it is not a perfect world. There are many reasons why shoes don't fit properly, ranging from stretching to a difference in foot size to the construction of the shoe or even just the style of shoe. Adding inserts or supports to a shoe can help the fit.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Two cork insoles
  • Foam insoles
  • Felt tongue pads
  • Heel grips

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Ask a shoe repair store or the shoe store where you bought them to stretch or soften your shoes if they are too tight. Shoes can be stretched by putting them on a wooden last for a while or there may be topical products that can be applied to soften the shoe leather.

  2. 2

    Glue two cork insoles and insert into your shoe if your foot slides around inside the shoe when you walk.

  3. 3

    Insert a thin foam insole into the shoe to take up some room if your shoe feels too big.

  4. 4

    Press an adhesive felt tongue pad to the tongue of your shoe to help keep your foot in place if the shoe is too big.

  5. 5

    Adhere a heel grip, a U-shaped foam piece with adhesive backing, to the heel of your shoe if your slip-ons gap. This will help keep your heel in place and help prevent blisters from your foot rubbing against your shoe.

Tips and warnings

  • Exchange your shoes for a smaller or larger size if possible.
  • If your feet are drastically different in size, buy two pairs of shoes, one in each size.

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