Anyone to make shoes fit smaller?

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  1. p00d

    p00d Member

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    I bought these casual docker shoes last year, worn them twice, haven't worn them since because it was a maybe
    .5 size too big.

    too late to return, so I'm stuck to them. I don't want to just not wear them, because they look really good with chinos

    is there anyways or something you can buy at the store to make the shoes fit better?
     


  2. MPS

    MPS Senior member

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    It is possible to make them fit narrower by gluing a piece of shaped foam under the tongue (I have seen this done). This may do the trick - take them along to a cobbler whom you trust.

    You might also try wearing chunky socks.
     


  3. A Harris

    A Harris Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    THe padding under the tongue trick will work. You can also buy an inexpensive insole and put it in the shoe - that will make it fit tighter.
     


  4. p00d

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    is there somehting you can add to the problem, i mea adding maybe inch in the front would do the trick

    i've tried stuffing tissues...that didnt work, heh
     


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    iroh Senior member

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    so would it be recommend if given a choice, for example if you are in between sizes and there is no half size option to go down to a size smaller than to buy a size larger? because you can stretch out the shoe?
     


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    so would it be recommend if given a choice, for example if you are in between sizes and there is no half size option to go down to a size smaller than to buy a size larger? because you can stretch out the shoe?

    A shoe which is one size bigger doesn't roll very good. To stretch leather isn't easy.

    If it is not much I would try an insole. But with no fit I wouldn't wear a shoe.
     


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    Tarmac Senior member

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    shoes are made in 1/2 size increments for a reason, because every 1/2 size matters. the tongue padding might work but just biting the bullet and getting your size is better.
     


  8. Saltwater Wrangler

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    For a while I had a 1/2 size difference between my feet so I'd encounter this. I used a regular dr. scholl's foot insole trimmed down to size and I never had a problem. Thankfully I grew out of that stage. literally.
     


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    Wear 4 pairs of socks

    dl
     


  10. johnny_flapjack

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    I seem to remember hearing that Alden can size shoes down .5 during a recraft. That's an expensive way to go, and might not even be possible depending on the construction of the shoe. I'd only try that with a plain toe of some sort for fear half of any punched medalion would wind up tucked into the welt.
     


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    greekgeek Senior member

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    is there somehting you can add to the problem, i mea adding maybe inch in the front would do the trick

    i've tried stuffing tissues...that didnt work, heh


    Try some packing peanuts. Be sure not to use the foamed starch ones if you have sweaty feet.
     


  12. macuser3of5

    macuser3of5 Senior member

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    Get a different shoe/size.
     


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