How to Shrink Work Boots?

If you’re looking to buy boots that will fit more snugly over time, there are a few things you can try on new or used boots such as: add some old insoles or foam padding on the inside of the boot for added thickness, add insoles with extra arch support, thicker socks. However these may not end up working in your favour if wanting to wear shoes that are too big.

Otherwise, one might opt to find an old pair of work boots at a thrift store and donate them after taking out the inner lining once one has successfully shrunken them.

  1. Fill a large pot with water
  2. Place the boots in the pot and bring it to a boil
  3. Put on gloves before you take off the laces and pull out any excess material from inside of boot
  4. Once all excess material is removed, place your foot into the shoe as far as possible without touching any part of your skin to avoid burns
  5. Let it soak for about 10 minutes, then turn off stove and let them cool down naturally
  6. Once cooled down, put on socks or tights if desired, lace up shoes tightly and wear around house for a day or two until they are comfortable again

Fill a large pot with water

The process is threefold. You need to condition, season, and then polish your leather footwear. Conditioning involves saturating the leather with a moisturizer often made of mink oil or glycerine.

Once it has had time to soak in, you’ll apply wax for protection and shine before sealing everything in place with another coat of moisturizer. Seasoning rehydrates dried-out leather – particularly on boots that get wet every day – by filling the pores so they can’t becoming clogged up. Polishing helps eliminate friction where your feet contact the shoes which leads to less abrasion over time and more natural movement during walking.”

Place the boots in the pot and bring it to a boil

Place the boots in the pot and bring it to a boil. Wear socks when doing this, it helps.

As soon as you can see that the water has come to a boil, remove the pot from heat and submerge the lower half of your foot into the hot air or fluid. Be careful not to splash or spill any of it on top of your skin in case you have sensitive skin in order to prevent burns.

Once they are submerged in liquid for about 40 seconds in total maximum, take them out with tongs and let them air dry before wearing again which should be done while they are still warm inside.

Put on gloves before you take off the laces and pull out any excess material from inside of boot

It’s often easier to shrink it if you don’t have the laces in the boot, or if you take off any excess material before pulling out the laces. However, when in doubt it usually helps to put on gloves before you start moving around inside the boot. If that doesn’t do the trick, just give them a wash!

The hot water will help to release some of that natural moisture inside the boots which should speed up shrinking because then there are less surface molecules for humidity to bond with. As well as heating up your oven so you can turn it into a miniature plastic surgery clinic for shoes.You’ll want all your boots in one layer, so stagger them vertically in an even layer – once they’ve reached.

Most importantly, always store your boots in a cool, dry environment as exposure to excessive heat and moisture may cause irreparable damage such as cracking, warping and discoloration of leather detailing. If stored at room temperature, your snow boots can be stored upright with ample space for air circulation so they don’t touch each other until you need them again!

Putting snow boots on a shoe rack is not appropriate storage as it doesn’t allow adequate ventilation and over time this will result in mold and mildew buildup causing wet odors within your shoes.

Once all excess material is removed, place your foot into the shoe as far as possible without touching any part of your skin to avoid burns

Shrink work boots by spraying rubber liquid or liquid latex on the leather. Once all excess material is removed, place your foot into the shoe as far as possible and flip it inside out so that it will remain inside.

Grab something to put pressure on the outside of the shoe’s opening-it may take 24 hours to shrink enough, but be patient! After it has shrunk, carefully peel off any plastic pieces that look like they might block your foot from coming out of the boot.

Putting on the shoes will ultimately help you with this, but if you’re not sure where to start, remove all excess material (typically along the top) and place your foot into the shoe as far as possible. You can slowly pull it back out for more easy removal.

It’s important to remember that shoe sizing is done with subtracting width of feet from what they need… so if your foot size is 10 and 8 inches around at it’s widest point, then go ahead and order an 8 or 7 in most shoes. It doesn’t matter how big one pair of boots are over another- just find something that meets these requirements!

Let it soak for about 10 minutes, then turn off stove and let them cool down naturally

Fill a pot with cold water and let your boots soak for about 10 minutes, don’t worry it’s going to smell gross.
After the 10 minutes is up, turn off the stove and let them cool down naturally. By doing this you’re letting air out which makes them shrink up faster! Good luck friend.

In order to make your boots fit better or shrink they should be soaked in hot water then they should be dried afterwards before wearing then they should never dry in sunlight because that will ruin the shoe since heat causes water molecules inside shoes to expand into tiny bubbles that cause unsightly wear on toes.

Submerge the boots in warm water for about 10 minutes. Don’t leave them longer than that or they’ll start to look like poor quality cheap plastic Walmart Boots – not cool! Let them cool down when you take them out of the water.

This may sound counter-intuitive, but high-quality leather needs time to dry before it shrinks well; thin cheaper thin leather (boot corners etc.) does not need this cooling-down period because your feet will be scorching hot when you’re wearing the thin stuff anyway and prolonging their life with a little bit of extra care can only help.

Once cooled down, put on socks or tights if desired, lace up shoes tightly and wear around house for a day or two until they are comfortable again

Steaming or microwaving are the two most common ways to shrink clothes. Put your shoes in a bowl, cover with water, and microwave for at 10 minutes. If there’s no lid, be sure to pour some water on top of the shoes if they start to float.

Wait for it to cool off, then put on socks or tights if desired. Lace up shoes tightly and wear them throughout the day for continued shrinkage. The more you wear them, the quicker they’ll continue shrinking!


We all have a pair of work boots that we wear on the weekends just to take care of around the house chores. They’re not as comfortable as our hiking shoes, but they get the job done.

However, if you find yourself having to break out those old work boots more often than ever before and it feels like there’s no heel left in them, then you might need some help shrinking them down so they fit better!

Let’s explore how to shrink your workboots from both sides – pros and cons-so that by the time this article is over, you’ll know exactly what steps are right for your situation.

Finding the best way to shrink your boots can be a daunting task. There are many different methods which work in various ways, but there is no single method that will work for everyone and every shoe size.

Here we’ve listed some pros and cons of each shrinking technique so you can find one that works well with how you like to care for your shoes. Hopefully this article has helped make it easier to decide on what would be the most appropriate shrinking method for your needs!


How do you shrink boots that are too big?

Running warm water over an unlaced work boot and inserting a towel/rag inside the boot will create enough warmth to stretch it. To give this a try, follow these steps:
1) Submerge your feet into a basin or bucket of warm tap water for about 15 minutes.
2) Remove both shoes and socks from the opposite foot first, then remove one shoe and sock from the foot on which you’re trying to shrink your boots.
3) Insert a damp towel or rag into each unlaced boot as far as possible without bending too hard or pressing against your legbone. If you do not have access to hot water, run cool water over yourself until you can feel some warmth coming off.

How can I make my work boots smaller?

If they haven’t been broken in:
Put them on and lace them up. Put pieces of cardboard inside the extra space, then put on a clean sock over the pieces of cardboard. Make sure there’s no empty space to create friction that would chafe your foot or cause blisters. Wear these for at least 8 hours every day (but preferably 12) until your feet stop growing and you’re ready to take them off.
If they’ve been broken in:
Pick out five pairs of shoe laces; I like using leather lacings because they don’t stretch out as much and usually stay firm even if wet (though any non-stretchy laces will work).

Can you shrink leather boots to fit?

It’s important to make sure that your boots are roomy enough at the calf. If they’re too tight, this is often because you bought them too small (and they’ll stay that way). For leather boots, if you want them to shrink slightly over time, then wear them with thick socks for a few hours or with gel insoles overnight.

If leather has dropped from drying out and been re-wetted then there may be some chance of shrinking leather shoes or other items by soaking in water for 24 hours. Silicone spray will also help but only if used over a course of months as it can cause yellowing of crisp white surfaces such as patent leather which it protects from stains caused by light exposure and humidity.

Can you shrink leather shoes?

Can you shrink leather shoes? From what I can find, boots should be treated with a protectant to help maintain their shape.

I couldn’t get an answer to your question. But if the boots are made of leather, they will need to be treated with something which prevents them from drying out or shrinking away.

Can a cobbler make boots smaller?

Definitely yes. A cobbler will usually be able to work with existing materials to make the boots fit better. If not, there are often solutions for this on eBay or other online retailers like Duble H Boots (link)

One possibility would be to simply change the width of the boot cuff. This is really quite an easy thing that can be done by just wrapping a leather strip around it or covering it with felt, batting or faux fur for example.

It takes about 15 minutes per shoe and will cost you approximately $5 since most men’s shoes come in sizes already range from 5 – 14 which equate very closely with your whole foot measurement rather than high heels which have only size ranges based on heel height.

Do leather boots shrink when wet?

Longer explanation: If they do, there’s something wrong with the way you’re caring for them.
Leather is a natural product; it will soften and develop a patina with wear and time, but it does not change in size from wetting or drying out.

In other words, if your boots have shrunk from being wet when they dried off, then you’ve been neglecting them by not wearing them much before putting them away to dry.

You may also have ruined the waterproofing materials in the boots by doing so since moisture causes damages leather finishes over time – which means that going forward these boots won’t be as protective against water as they once were even if only a little bit of water.

Can boots be made smaller?

Yes, but the process isn’t easy. Go to a shoe repair and see if they can stretch and tighten your boots instead of purchasing new ones like you originally planned.

There are two ways in which the shrinking process can be achieved- either by heating or using chemicals that cause breaking down of polymers in rubber footwear; this is then followed up by compressing the footwear, so as to reduce its size again.

This may not be such a difficult task given an ample amount of heat and time, but it does require patience for it cannot happen quickly! Regardless, when shoes get worn out over time and need to be replaced with new ones because their smaller size didn’t matter much earlier on in their use.

Should my toes touch the end of my boots?

Many people think that if their toes are not touching the end of the boots, then they are too long. The truth is your boots should always be snug around your feet. Your toes will thank you for it!

Too loose of a boot can cause blisters to form at the bottom of your foot due to rubbing against the back or front interior of the boot. If they don’t fit, try asking for a different size.

One way to tell if your shoe doesn’t fit properly is by trying to wiggle one foot out first–if this causes both shoes to wobble and appear unstable, then it’s likely that either you just need a different size or relacing them might fix any gaps in length between boot and sole.

How do you shrink leather boots with alcohol?

Rub alcohol on the shoe with an old rag around the toe area. Flip over to do the inner lining. Rub in circles for about two minutes or until you notice the shrinking effect. Let dry overnight before wearing again if this is your first time doing it, but after that, there’s no need for waiting time between applications of alcohol.

There are two ways to shrink leather boots through alcohol (1) soak the boots in alcohol and (2) cover them with alcohol and let it evaporate. Soaking the boots in alcohol will require you to leave them submerged for at least 24 hours; covering them with alcohol and letting it evaporate is done by placing a pan of water on top so that it can slowly simmer, thereby producing steam which will effectively “wet dry” the surface of the boot.

One more idea is to use an iron on low or no heat setting while lining shoes up between both pieces of fabric. Place some cloth over the shoe such as a pillow case, hit it with light pressure until desired size is reached.

Can leather boots be stretched a half size?

Yes, you can stretch leather boots about a half size. However, it is not recommended to do this for any longer than 4-8 hours at a time because the natural oils of your hands will damage the material over time. Stretching them gently every day will give wear more evenly and prolong their lifetime.

The first step would be to put some alcohol on a rag and clean the boot’s surface with circular motions to remove any grease or dirt. The second part is lubricating the shoe tip so that it stretches easier. This can be achieved by using some olive oil or glycerin soap that’s been diluted in water if needed.

Will soaking leather boots ruin them?

The good news is that while soaked leather may sound like the more expensive option, we actually recommend not soaking your boots at all before you wear them because it can cause serious and costly damages to your boots. Soaking beyond what it takes to get the denim out of a simple blue jean will often cause irreparable damage such as water stains or dried-in mold growth. We recommend using regular treatment products with regularity until they are salvageable for donation or sale.

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