5 effective ways to get your shoes too loose

Slippery heels from shoes cause discomfort and make walking difficult. Long-term wearing of shoes that are too loose can cause sore feet and even contribute to painful blisters. Fortunately, you don't have to part with a worn-out pair of your favorite shoes. We advise how to deal with too loose footwear.

Why have my shoes become too loose?

After removing summer shoes from the wardrobe, it turned out that your favorite pair of shoes suddenly stopped fitting? There are many reasons why your shoes may have become too loose. One of them is weight loss. The accompanying removal of the problem of water retention in the body means that the foot can become half the size of the foot. In the case of new moms, this may be due to a previous pregnancy that contributed to the swelling of the feet. Wearing one pair of shoes too often can also cause the shoe to slip off your foot over time.   

Regardless of the reason your shoes are too loose, you don't need to part with them. Find out about effective ways to make shoes that are too loose.

# 1 Invest in insoles

The most popular and, at the same time, one of the most effective ways of shoes that are too loose are insoles. Regardless of the material from which they were made, the insoles can effectively reduce the footwear by as much as 1 size, and additionally offer a number of other applications. Gel inserts are perfect for people who care about their joints. Leather insoles, on the other hand, are a bull's-eye for those who struggle with foot sweating. In the case of winter footwear, we recommend thermal inserts that easily keep the pleasant warmth, providing your feet with real comfort.

Simply tuck the sockliner inside the footwear, making sure there are no creases anywhere. In this way, the insole will fill the space between the foot and the shoe, and you will be able to enjoy a better-fitting footwear.

# 2 Put on your heels

Heel tabs are small, self-adhesive strips that will help you effectively prevent your heels from slipping out of your shoes. Attach them on the inside of the shoe in the heel area. This way, your foot will move a little forward and your heels will get extra cushioning. 

This method will work for practically all types of shoes and is especially recommended for type shoes peep-toe, i.e. open-toed shoes.

# 3 Fill in excess space

If you want to easily get rid of the problem of loose shoes, fill the excess space with cotton pads. You can replace them with tissues or toilet paper. Remember to replace these fillers with new ones each time you put on your shoes. 

This solution will work with flat formal shoes, ballerinas, high heels and heels. We do not recommend filling sports shoes in this way. Avoid this method if you are going for training or a long walk - it can cause unpleasant smell.

In stores, there are also special fillers for shoes, the so-called nose pads. This solution is especially popular among parents who cannot afford to buy several pairs of shoes for their child for one season.

# 4 Go for thick socks

In the case of winter boots, a great and effective solution is to wear thick woolen socks that will fill the empty space. If you do not have wool socks on hand, you can put on two or three pairs of cotton.

In this way, you will add volume to your feet both in width and length, getting rid of the problem of loose shoes. A side effect of this method is to provide extra warmth on frosty days. If you are struggling with the problem of excessive foot sweating, do not use this solution.

# 5 Put your shoes in the hands of a specialist

While browsing for advice on the Internet, you may have come across a method of soaking loose shoes with water and exposing them to the sun. Do not use this solution under any circumstances, especially if you are dealing with your favorite pair of leather or suede shoes. Long-term exposure of footwear to direct sunlight may cause unsightly discoloration on the material.  

If you don't want to risk it, just give your shoes to a specialist. A shoemaker knows very well how to effectively and safely reduce shoes that are too loose, so as not to damage them.

Why is it not worth buying loose shoes on purpose?

Remember not to buy shoes that are too loose. Many people mistakenly believe that wearing shoes one size larger can prevent bunions or abrasions. However, this belief is very misleading!

With shoes that are too big, your feet have to put in a lot of work to support your body. The result of this effort is unnatural gait and pain in the feet. In addition, shoes that are too large - because they do not provide adequate support - may increase the risk of falls, which can occur when going up or down stairs. 

Properly fitted footwear provides a stable platform on which your whole body rests. In this way, your legs are arranged in an optimal way, which reduces the wear of tendons and joints. For this reason, we recommend that you buy the correct size shoes.