Okay, so you’ve finally stopped being embarrassed about having long feet. You’ve even noticed the increased variety in specialty footwear styles. The problem is none of the shoes in your size fit. Yeah, I’ve been there. After searching high and low for the perfect pair in your size, you try them on only to be highly disappointed. Luckily for you, I have some tips as to make your shoes more narrow.
- Laces are EVERYTHING!
I didn’t realize until recently that so many of my shoes have laces (pumps, sneakers, sandals, flats, etc.). They can do wonders for your fit because they allow you to adjust the width of the shoes. Luckily, you can find laces on a variety of shoes (casual to dressy) today.
- Visit A Cobbler
Yes, I realize that shoe repairers and cobblers are harder to find today, but it can be worth the find. Apparently, you can shrink your shoes by having a cobbler soak them in a special solution. Alternatively, he/ she can add a component that’ll make your shoes have a better fit. If you can’t find a cobbler that can do this, try finding a specialty store that offers narrow widths. I’ve been to a store that had a salesperson adjust the interior of my shoes to give me a snugger fit.
- Inserts Save Lives
It’s the 21st century folks, and shoe inserts have come a long way. Nowadays, you can find a variety of insoles for different shoe styles. Check out Walmart, Target, Zappos, or DSW for shoe inserts that’ll offer a bit more support. Alternatively, you can try out a toe box insert like Shoolex’s. For closed to shoes, I tend to buy full insoles with appropriate arch/ cushioning support based on the style of the shoe. And for open toed shoes, I love those inserts that fit toward the top of shoe to help me obtain a better fit and keep my feet from sliding. Also, if you need lots of these partial insoles, you don’t have to buy them all. You can reapply them to different shoes using a temporary adhesive like duct tape.
- DIY Adjustments
EHow.com Contributor S. Princess Warren has a video where she guides narrow shoe lovers on how to cut your existing insoles to fit an ill-fitting shoe. Click here to watch her tutorial.
Also, if you have smaller ankles like I do, you probably have a hard time adjusting straps to fit your ankles because there are such few holes. What I like to do is use a pen/ marker to marker my hole and a sewing seam ripper to puncture the new hole.
- Sock it Up
If you have narrow feet, you might also have narrow/small ankles too. When wearing boots, it is incredibly important to find socks to help fill the empty spaces in your shoes. I suggest that you invest in some boot/ thick crew socks for your boots and booties.
- Manipulate Your Straps
Sometimes, your straps have a slit near the buckle’s seam which will allow it to slide. I sometimes pull that side strap until above the seam near the elastic expander to create a tighter fit. Also, if the sandals’ ankle straps run through loops, I’ll twist the back of the straps in the opposite direction of my leg while they’re already buckled.