Modifying Your Barefoot Shoes: Advice for Low and High Volume Feet

January 17, 2022
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Not happy with the way your barefoot shoes fit? Too small or big? If so, this article is for you!

I'll discuss how to modify barefoot shoes and what some common issues are. Before diving, remember to measure your feet and choose a minimalist shoe that matches your foot shape before buying.

Barefoot Shoes Are Too Tight

If your barefoot shoes are too tight, it could be that they're just new and need breaking in. Breaking in may take anywhere between two weeks to four months depending on the shoe, how much you wear them. A slightly snug shoe can be perfect in a couple of weeks, give it time.

Also, remember that using barefoot shoes will make your feet wider and more muscular over time. It's normal that a shoe that once fit well might get a little tight as time goes on. In this case, or if your shoes aren't breaking in, here are some methods to stretch your shoes quicker:

  1. Use a wooden shoe stretcher.
  2. Wear thick socks and heat the shoes with a hairdryer for a fast stretch. You can also stuff the toe box with paper or socks for the same effect.

Barefoot Shoes Are Too Big

On the other hand, if barefoot shoes are too big then there are many great ways to fill in the gaps.

  1. Place tongue pads in your shoe to fill space above the foot.
  2. Use insoles to raise your foot upwards to take up more space.
  3. Heel grips take up space at the back of the shoe. Use a roll of Moleskin if the space is smaller.
  4. Use thicker barefoot socks!