How to Shrink Sneakers

Many of you buy shirts, jeans, sweaters and other accessories one size larger, thinking we may soon gain weight and it’s better to fit big than buy the smaller size, right? Larger sizes can be tailored and shrunk to fit us anytime, but this is not the same case for all of us!

Some of us need it the other way round, we need smaller sizes and it turns into one big of hassle when we are out shopping for sneakers. Companies manufacture sneakers based on the average foot sizes. 

You walk into a shop and find an amazing pair, has the perfect color you were looking for, the style is great but the problem is your feet is too small for even the smallest size. No matter however you try your feet do not fit properly. Many of us have tried a lot of alternatives to fit our sneakers.

Placing foam or tissues, wearing thick socks, but nothing seems to work exactly like we hoped it would. So we have come up with ways for you on how to shrink sneakers. Stay tuned to find out more.

Also Read: How Much Do Sneakers Weight?

Identify the regions you want to shrink

First thing you should keep in mind is that you should refrain from trying to shrink the entire shoe. Shrinking the entire shoe will damage the design, or well-structured regions. You cannot sneak your whole sneakers, but only the parts where you need to bring a complementary shape to fit your foot. 

For starters, put your pair of sneakers and try them out, walk in them even try running. Make careful observations towards your sides, do your sneakers slip when you walk? Does any region exert pressure on your feet?  Carefully examine each part and note down the places where you think you should shrink in order for your sneakers to fit perfectly. 

Tips to shrink your sneakers

1. Adding heat & water

The simplest and easiest way to shrink your sneakers is to apply water and heat at specific regions. After you found out the regions that you need to shrink, dab that part with water. Try not to completely soak the sneakers and do not get water inside of your sneakers that would complicate the process. Also refrain from watering the insole area, getting the insoles of your sneakers wet will produce a pungent musty odor and cause bacterial and fungal growth in your shoes. 

Dry those wet areas with your hair dryer, keep your hair dryer at least 5 -6 inches away from your sneakers. This will prevent damaging your outer shoe material. Leather and suede are prone to heat, but if you heat your sneakers with mild heat that will not be a problem. Turn of your hair dryer after every 5 minutes and check the regions, repeat the processes several times. You will soon see those parts have shrunk. 

2. Toss your sneakers in your cloth dryer machine

Just like you clean your clothes, for this method you need to clean your sneakers using a special recipe too. You need 1 tbsp. of lemon juice. If you don’t have lemon juice, you can squeeze a lemon and extract its juice. Next, you will ¼ cup of warm water and a soft sponge. Take your sponge and dip it into the lemon juice and rub it over your sneakers. This is done to remove all dirt, debris and dust from your sneakers and keep your sneaker out material fresh as well. After that, put them in your dryer for 5 minutes. 

3. Adding extra embellishments to your sneakers

We add pieces of cloth and other inserts around the toe region of your sneakers in order for it to fit, but that do not play out the exact role of embellishments. One of the things you can try is to alter your sneakers slightly. You can add a strap to your pair of sneakers to hold it in the right place.

Adding a strap is something many of us cannot do in our own. For this you will need addition help, we suggest you ask a cobbler to add additional straps to your sneakers.

If your sneakers are soft, you can ask the cobble to add an elastic band to its heels. The cobbler will sew a tiny piece of elastic on the exterior part of your sneakers’ heels. This will cause it to clinch when the elastic snaps back. If you are skilled with such work, you can also try it on your own. Apart from this, you will also need to hold both the bands in place using safety pins and then sew to make sure they are in the right place. 

4. Replace the Insoles of your sneakers

The insoles in your insoles are made of gel, foam or leather, and are used to keep your feet warm & comfortable and they also prevent posture related problems. Insoles take a lot of space inside your sneakers. In order to decrease space you can add another layer of insole, preferable a foam insole.

Foam insoles are shock absorbers and are quite thick. Leather insoles on the other hand provide good breathability and eliminates odor. Many people have tried out this hack, and found it to be quite handy. Hope this will minimize the space inside your sneakers.

Also Read: How to Stretch Sneakers for Wide Feet

Bottom Line

Now that you have read our article you should have an idea about all ways how you can shrink your sneakers. Next time you are out shopping for sneakers always buy the smallest pair and then shrink at the regions that are loose. We hope your sneakers fit your feet perfectly and keep them warm.

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