How to Get Oversized Shoes to Fit

Choose a shoe in the right size is a real headache. Even more when you can not try them before you buy them.

Of course, if the shape does not fit your feet there is nothing to do.
But if it’s just that the size is slightly too large, in this case there are solutions.

So, before sending back them, consider trying one of the solutions that I will detail in this article.
Note: for the reverse situation I wrote an article on the solutions to the shoes too small

Because Yes, we all at least once, bought oversized shoes.

Personally I already did so!

Yes, Yes… you read!

At the same time I didn’t have the choice…

There was a pair who made me the eye for a long time.

It was a limited series.

And when I finally decided… you know the rest:

My size was no longer available, m ais remained a pair in a size above.

Thanks to the different techniques detailed in this article this pair fits me perfectly!
Note: when you know the importance of a fit full on the folds of leather ease what follows is important.

Reminder here is the differences between two sizes:

  • In french points there are 6.66 mm between two sizes and 8.46 mm in English points
  • The width is different from french points 5 mm and 6 mm in English points
    Note: learn all about the different points of measurement used, I invite you to read the article on the technical size approach .

The gap between two sizes is small and it can be filled.

That is why that I still bought this pair who, on paper, was too big!
Unfortunately this isn’t like a leather belt with which he can change the hole.

By the way, if one day you feel when buying a pair know it is advisable to take rather than too small slightly oversized shoes.

Why? Simply because it is not possible to lay down a pair of shoes.

In contrast, and it is the subject of this article, there are solutions to the shoes too big.

Oversized Shoes: Know The Gap

Before start you and try one of the solutions that I’m offering you, must already see if it’s worth it.


  • you’re floating in your shoes
  • You can remove them without even unlace them

So it doesn’t help to go further.

As, moreover, the leather will work in width, you will end up with shoes that will give you a funny look.

Elsewhere the leather that can bend around he won’t be shy and your shoes are quickly going to mark the occasion.

Be aware, that at best, it is to win maximum possible size!

In the past it doesn’t help.

And even if it is possible you will have feet disproportionate to the rest of your body.

It’s not very nice so let down.

To find out if you are in a salvageable position begin by recalling how behaves a shoe in the right size.

At the level of the heel you must:

  • Be well maintained by the buttress for a low shoe.
    A very very slight detachment of the heel can be tolerated.
    This will ease only once they will do to your feet.
  • More the shoe is rising (chukka boots) more the detachment of the heel is tolerable and even normal.
    Little by little it will disappear.
    However this separation should not be too pronounced otherwise is that the shoe is too large.

At the front, at the level of the toes, you must have:

  • enough room so that your foot does not touch the tip of the shoe;
  • the ability to slightly move the toes.

For more information on the sensations of a shoe in the right size / size, I invite you to read the article shoes and comfort which takes into account other parameters than the volume of the footwear.

When fitting remember to take into account:

  • the time of day because your feet swell and that has an influence.
  • the tightening of the laces. You buy shoes and sneakers not so be sure to tighten the laces.
  • the socks you wear.

I know that’s a lot of parameters. Yet I got the most important.

I could also tell you that, for a same shape, editing and / or a different leather will influence the volume fit.
But the effect is minimal in this case so I preferred to focus on the most important factors.

The three main parameters cited above, may have influence up to a full size.

Be careful when you try a new pair of shoes.

Now, in view of the differences between two sizes (that I gave you at the beginning of the article), you can tell if your shoes are too big.

But above all, you must be able to judge if use one of the techniques that follows will be useful or if it’s better to return, reluctantly I’m sure, this pair of shoes.…

So, you bought oversized shoes?

Let’s see how it is possible to do.

The Antiglissoir: Reduce The Amount Of Oversized Shoes


If you can’t remember a tip that is it!

The soles (I’m talking lower) tend to raise the heel which can cause a bad casing of it in the foothills and thus an easier reveling.

Anti-glissoir you, normally, already have one that is set by the manufacturer of the shoes.

It’s the room at the heel, in the lining, which is carried out in a different leather (side meat).
In general it is a velvet pig which, by its appearance will be less slippery that smooth leather lining.

Well know that your cobbler can add an extra slide anti.

You can see immediately what’s going to happen, no?

It’s very simple: your foot goes slightly further inside the shoe.

You will then fill the void at the front but also better to fill the shoe by advancing your instep in the shoe.


The anti-glissoire is a small room with a self-adhesive part on the back you can find easily.

They are, in general, available in several different colours in order to not be visible once posed.

You can very simply ask them alone.

But in this case, with the sweat and moisture (not to mention those who put their shoes without using a foot shoes) it will come off quickly.

At least you can’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

If you ask your Shoemaker to pose it will:

  • hammer the rear part of the shoe to maximize the contact surface of the adhesive part (on a vise)
  • make a seam (at the top of the room, just at the edge of the foothills) which will ensure a strong and resistant anti slides pose.

It is easy to see the most sustainable solution.

You say that it is the same as for the fitting of shoes : a seam will be always stronger than a simply stuck!

But it is also the cheapest: change an anti-glissoire every three weeks because he comes off quickly can be expensive.

Soles And Demi-Semelles: Attention To The Heel


This is probably the simplest and the most obvious solution.

ATTENTION: if it can work in many cases, it can sometimes have an adverse effect.

With the addition of a sole your foot is raised inside the shoe.

This can have an influence on the casing of your heel in the foothills.

You’re going to better fill the shoe but you have a risk of a heaving easier when walking.

How to avoid this?

It’s very simple: a trial.

You go to your Shoemaker with your shoes and you do a test on the spot:

  • If this solution solves your problem it’s perfect.
  • If your shoes loose easily it is to try something else.

I advise you to focus on the demi-semelles that will have less influence on the height of your heel.

The soles are also a way to offer better support, to limit perspiration or even to be protected from hot or cold. I devoted an article to the soles for shoes. Take a look to know everything!


As for the anti-glissoires, these products are quite easily and simply drag them inside your shoes.

Some have even a self-adhesive face for a better hold.

But, as previously, a Shoemaker can achieve something more lasting.
I won’t talk about the numerous cases of left foot placed on the right foot, the front to the back, etc.

Don’t laugh: it’s much more frequent than you may think.

Your cobbler will come take off the first clean, put the insole below, and pick up everything.

In this way the sole will not move and, visually, the result will be much cleaner.

The half sole custom: the ultimate solution… But also the most expensive.


Depending on your feelings your cobbler will be able to achieve half a sole “made to measure”.

Why only a half?

Because as I said in the previous paragraph the comprehensive soles tend to facilitate the heaving of the heel when walking.

The half sole will have a negligible influence on the height of the heel while allowing to better fill the shoe at the level of the instep.

With this solution your cobbler will be able to adjust the thickness of your sole to fill the void of footwear once set up perfectly.

In addition it will be generally conducted in a soft and airy material that is pleasant when walking.

Finally, it will be positioned below the first clean, so the appearance of your shoes will not be changed.

Here are the main techniques.

Your Shoemaker’s more in stock (arch support, heel, etc.) so be sure to go see it in case of problems.

It is also able to combine two solutions in order to make them comfortable and well adapted to your feet, of the oversized shoes.

Note: You do not know a good Shoemaker?
Take a look at our guide of the best shoemakers / shops of France to find one near you!

If you have already used one of these solutions or others, feel free to share them in the comments!