How to Shrink Shoes to the Perfect Size

When I don't know what size jeans, shirts, shoes, or any garment in general to order, my mom always says, "It's better for it to fit big than to be small." It makes total sense. Something that is oversize can be easily tailored to perfection, whereas something that's too small leaves (literally) no room for change.

However, shrinking shoes is not as easy as shrinking a shirt. At least, at first that is. Once you have memorized the three methods ahead, though, all the shoes you find in your vintage shopping sprees that run just a tad bit bigger can easily take care of. Great news for your wardrobe, but maybe not such good news for your bank account.

Regardless, these three methods we're sharing are great no matter your shoe woes—whether you have too much room around your toes in your new leather loafers or two or more fingers fit in the back side of your kicks. Plus, the best part is that you already have most of the items you need in your household. Unless, you're not a fan of DIYing and you need some extra help, but there's a method for that too.

Yes, shrinking shoes is possible and without further ado, here's the 411. 

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The Blow Dryer Method 

If you have leather shoes that fit a bit lose, what you need to shrink them is a bit of water in a spray bottle and your trusty blow dryer. Once you have your shrinking items, spray your shoes generously but don't soak them. Afterward, simply dry your shoe with the blow dryer set in medium. When the shoe is completely dry, try it on. If it's still a bit lose, repeat the process. 

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The Cushion Method 

If you have sneakers, pumps, or boots that don't fit quite right and you don't want to go through the blow dryer method, simply opt for soles or cushions. If your shoe is too long put a sole in the back. If your toes have too much wiggling space or if there's a gap between your foot and the top of the shoe, place a full foot sole or one to fill in the toe area to elevate your foot.  

The Dryer Method 

Contrary to your leather shoes, if your canvas shoes are the ones that need shrinking then you do have to soak them up. Once they are completely soaked, just throw them in the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes. The heat will surely shrink up your shoe in no time. 

Now, shop shoes you hopefully won't have to shrink:

Do you have a shirt that's too oversized? Here we show you how to shrink that as well