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artificially fitting an oversized shoe

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Due to personal ignorance and series of unfortuitious events, I ended up with a pair of 10.5D black plain toe bluchers from Bruno Magli that do not fit me as well as I would like. There's simply too much room near the toe area, and my feet move around a bit, which seems to hurt my feet much quicker than a pair of Polo captoes in 10.5D I also recently acquired. Since returning them is not an option, and I would prefer to continue to wear them, I was wondering what would be the best way to make this shoe fit me more snugly. I think the heel area is fine for the most part, but the toe area definitely moves around a lot when walking, more so than in other shoes. I've heard others mention the use of inserts to make their shoes fit better, what are these exactly, how do they work, and where can I find them? And are there other ways to fix this problem?
post #2 of 13
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And are there other ways to fix this problem?
Ebay. I would suggest that if they are uncomfortable or hurt your feet in any way now the problem is going to get worse with time. Plus you're probably not going to wear them very much for the above reason. Just chalk it up as an experienced gained an let them loose in the wilds of eBay. A.
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I've heard others mention the use of inserts to make their shoes fit better, what are these exactly, how do they work, and where can I find them?  And are there other ways to fix this problem?
I used to sell shoes - well actually Earth Shoes back in the 70s - and we used inserts (essentially just another layer of leather inside the shoe) to help tighten up a shoe that was just too big around (wide). If your problem is in the toe box and just the front of your foot is swimming, inserts unfortunately, won't help you.
post #4 of 13
If you insist on wearing them, you can find a pair of insoles with a bit of grip to them and perhaps some thickness. This will effectively shrink the size of the inside of the shoe, and help keep your foot from sliding forward. The best bet, though, is probably to sell them and use the proceeds to buy some in the right size. Even if you keep from sliding around in them, in my experience shoes that are slightly too large will make you feel clumsy and you will be more prone to chipping the toes of the soles and scratching the toes of the uppers on things.
post #5 of 13
3:42 am in Seattle. Dude, what kind of wild life do you lead?
post #6 of 13
I don't want to talk about it.
post #7 of 13
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J I don't want to talk about it.
Aw, c'mon. Birthday was a week ago and still celebrating???
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3:42 am in Seattle.  Dude, what kind of wild life do you lead?
And what in hell were you doing up at 643 AM on a Sunday?.
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And what in hell were you doing up at 643 AM on a Sunday?.
Why, checking the boards, of course.
post #10 of 13
l'm as crazy as you guys. lt's 3 in the morning here. Lucky it's a public holiday tommorrow. l can't sleep a wink tonight.
post #11 of 13
I have the reverse problem... I bought a pair of black cap-toe Bruno Maglis in a 9.5 (I normally wear a 10 or a 10.5), and they're killing me... Wore them twice before I decided it's just not going to work. Sigh -s
post #12 of 13
Well,why don't you guys swap-it just may work out.
post #13 of 13
Allen Edmonds sells great leather insoles. You can buy them from the allen edmonds website or from an AE store. I highly recommend them. They should make the shoes fit better. Another solution is to put in tongue pads, which fit underneath the shoes' tongue. You can find them in the shoe polish/laces section at drug stores, in some dry cleaner shops and of course cobbler shops.
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