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How to make large shoes fit

How to make large shoes fit

Have you ever run into the problem of finding the perfect shoe, but it’s only available one size up? Or maybe you have a foot size that is in between two standard sizes, which leaves you to either pick shoes that are too small or too big. I’m sharing some tips and tricks to make shoes that are too large fit!


So as you might know if you’re reading my blog frequently, I recently treated myself to a pair of Adidas Superstar sneakers. They are extremely hard to find, so I refreshed the Adidas webshop daily. They suddenly popped up in a size EU38 – my size usually – so I ordered them quickly. When they arrived, I was actually a bit disappointed, because they were too big.. When I walk in them, my heel actually lifts up a bit, so that’s obviously no good!

Returning them was not an option for me, because they were completely sold out again (and they haven’t been restocked thus far). So I had to get a little creative here. I managed to make them fit better. Not perfectly, just better. I’ll tell you exactly what I did!

Heelstrips to make big shoes fit

Heel strips

I had already tried insoles, but they didn’t do the trick. So I went to a shoe store to look for heel strips. They’re very easy to apply – you just position them in the shoe to see where it should be put, then peel off the non-sticky part and apply it to the right spot! It fills up the extra space in the back of the shoe and makes your heel stay put.

Heelstrips to make large shoes fit

The fact that the middle part of the strips is thickened and the surface is anti-slip prevents your feet from lifting. That was my biggest issue, so the heel strips really helped me out. I have worn the shoes for three days since applying these strips and they haven’t come off yet. I am debating wether to get a second pair and apply them on top of these though, to fill up the space even more!

At first I thought that the heel strips would look ugly, but in the picture below you can see the difference. It’s not that bad, right? I think it’s worth it, because now I can walk in them comfortably!

Heelstrips applied

Adjusting the shoelaces

Now there’s actually another thing that I did to get the shoes to hold onto my feet better. It’s so easy it might sound really silly – I changed the shoelaces! Look at the very first picture in this post. Do you notice that the shoelaces don’t go all the way up? They left one hole free on every side, probably so that the golden logo still shows. I simply squeezed the laces through the top holes (and also pulled the laces a little tighter overall) and that worked surprisingly well! Sure, the logo is going to get all wrinkly and messy after a while which is a shame, but I’d rather have wrinkly logos than no Superstars at all!

Adidas superstar sneakers

And here’s the finished result! Heel strips in the back and shoelaces that go all the way up. I’m glad I decided to try this instead of returning the shoes! Now that I’m typing this, I think I am going to buy that extra pair of heel strips after all. They will come in handy, either way!


Other methods

Of course there’s plenty of other tricks to make large shoes fit. How about wearing thicker socks, or even multiple socks?! And of course, there’s always the insoles. In this pair they didn’t work, but I do have other shoes that fit better combined with insoles, so they do work in some shoes!


What is your personal trick to make shoes fit better?




  1. 8th April 2015 / 8:13 am

    Super handige tip inderdaad, ik heb dit zelf ook wel eens gebruikt en het werkt écht! Wat blijven die Adidas Superstars mooi he :-)

    • 8th April 2015 / 12:59 pm

      Een kleine aanpassing doet wonderen! En ja, zeg dat wel! <3

  2. 8th April 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Wat handig zeg, als klein meisje deed ik keukenpapier in mijn moeders hakken :)

  3. 8th April 2015 / 6:12 pm

    Wat een handige tips! ik heb net hetzelfde probleem dus ik ga zeker dit eens uitproberen!

    • 8th April 2015 / 6:56 pm

      Oh tof! Laat maar weten of het is gelukt!

    • 9th April 2015 / 7:47 am

      Aww :( Ken je je truc al van het ijszakje?

  4. 10th April 2015 / 10:19 am

    Ik vind je schoenen echt zo leuk, ze staan ook nog op mijn verlanglijstje! Handige tip ook.

    • 10th April 2015 / 11:21 am

      Hihi, het zijn echt heerlijke schoenen <3

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